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Saudi king orders building of 11 new stadiums

The King Abdullah Sports City opened its doors in Jeddah last May

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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.