New Saudi goal: 11 top-class stadiums

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah returns to Jeddah on Friday night after spending his vacation in Morocco and visiting Egypt. Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, other princes and senior officials were present at the airport to receive the king. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah returns to Jeddah on Friday night after spending his vacation in Morocco and visiting Egypt. Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, other princes and senior officials were present at the airport to receive the king. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has ordered the construction of 11 stadiums of highest international standards each with a capacity of 45,000 spectators.

They are to be built in the provinces of Madinah, Qassim, Eastern Province, Asir, Tabuk, Hail, Northern Border Province, Jazan, Najran, Baha and Al-Jouf.
Prince Nawaf bin Faisal, head of the Youth Welfare Presidency, thanked the king for the decision to built new stadiums in different parts of the Kingdom, the SPA reported.

Governors of the 11 provinces as well as prominent personalities have applauded the royal decision. “The sports circle in the Kingdom has received this news with great happiness,” said Prince Talal bin Mansour, a honorary member of Al-Ittihad Club.

Abdul Aziz Abdul Aal, former president of Al-Ahli Club, commended King Abdullah for his tremendous support to sports and youth welfare projects. “The new stadium will help Saudi players perform well at regional and international sports events,” he pointed out.

King Abdullah opened the state-of-the-art sports city in Jeddah on May 1. Located about 50 km from Jeddah, King Abdullah Sports City is in a league of its own, joining the great sporting venues in the world. It also has unique features that surpass many of the world’s best.

KASC was constructed on three million square meters. It also includes a 60,000-capacity football stadium, which comfortably meets the FIFA standards.

One of the most distinguishing features of this stadium is that it does not include an athletics track, which puts the spectators at the heart of the event and makes it more enjoyable to them.

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