King Abdullah Football Stadium To Open Thursday

The 60,000 seat venue has taken 14 months to construct.



King Abdullah Football Stadium, located at the centre of the massive King Abdullah Sports City development in Jeddah, is set to open on May 1, according to oil giant Saudi Aramco.

The 60,000 seat venue has taken 14 months to construct.

“The official opening will be on May 1 when the stadium will host the final of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup,” said Essam Tawfiq, general director of public affairs at Aramco.

There will be an official ceremony to mark the opening of the venue that will see many key business and sports figures attend.

The Project will include a 2,000-seat multi-sports hall, a 60,000-seat football Stadium,  training fields , a mosque, an outdoor 1,000-seat athletic stadium, and a car park that can accommodate 45,000 cars.

The stadium which aims to host international and national sporting events, will have the latest technological features including temperature control, and meet FIFA requirements.

It will also have 308 seats, elevators and lavatories dedicated to special needs visitors. The seats are built on three levels, and will house a roof consisting of hard cloth and steel to protect from weather extremities.