Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 30,000 and was opened in 1984. Unusually for a public building in Brunei Darussalam, members of the public donated and contributed towards the building of the stadium. Although the final collection of $1,102,761.57 accounted for a little more than 1.1 per cent of the total building cost ($100 million), the public participation showed the Bruneians' great interest and support for this project. The entire project cost for the stadium is about $100 million.
It was opened on 23 September 1983, the date was chosen because it commemorated His Majesty Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien's (then His Royal Highness Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan) 70th Birthday. In the evening, a friendly football match was played between the Brunei national football team and an invited English League team, Sheffield United. This was the first football match played in the stadium. Despite the jet lag and the humid weather, Sheffield United won 1-0. The next day another match was held between Sheffield United and a Brunei invited team which ended in a 1-1 draw.