Saudi king orders building of 11 new stadiums

A general view of the new Jewel football stadium is seen in King Abdullah bin Abdelaziz sport city during the inaugural ceremony in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah. (File photo: AFP)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz ordered Saturday the construction of 11 new sports stadiums across Saudi Arabia, each with a capacity to seat 45,000 fans.

All the stadiums were ordered to meet the highest international standards as is the case with Al-Jawhara stadium that opened its doors last May in King Abdullah Sports City in the coastal city of Jeddah.

The new stadiums will be built in the provinces of Madinah, Al-Qassim, Eastern Province, Asir, Tabuk, Hail, Northern Border Region, Jazan, Najran, Baha and Al-Jouf, the Saudi Gazette reported.

Prince Nawaf bin Faisal, the head of the Youth Welfare Presidency, thanked the king on the decision, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Currently there are 23 stadiums in different regions of the Arab kingdom.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44