Work on Bahrain’s Largest State-of-the-Art Sports Stadium to Start by End of Year

Work on Bahrain’s Largest State-of-the-Art Sports Stadium to Start by End of Year
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Work is expected to begin soon on Bahrain’s largest integrated sports stadium, near Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), Sakhir, it has emerged.

Foundation stones for the project will be laid by the end of this year, said a senior municipal councillor.

The new state-of-the-art facility which will be able to accommodate 50,000 people will feature a retractable roof, an international standard football pitch, athletics tracks and halls for basketball, handball, bowling, badminton and table tennis.

It will also host an underground shopping complex, cineplex and a hypermarket.

Officials involved in the planning stage are also considering having an Olympic-size swimming pool and sports training schools.

Southern Municipal Council chairman Ahmed Al Ansari said details about the project, which were being kept a secret by a special ministerial committee, had been leaked to him through official channels in the Cabinet.

“The foundation stone for the project will be laid by the leadership in December, but details on when investors would be called in for entertainment and family projects have not been disclosed as yet,” he said.

“I can’t understand why there is so much secrecy over the issue and why as a public representative I have to go through a lengthy process to get the necessary details.

“Publicising information about the project would give Bahrain the much needed exposure and generate interest in the country’s second biggest sports project after the BIC.

“Since the project was announced more than a year ago, we have been approached by several engineering consultancy firms and investors eager to step in.

“However, when progress is slow people lose interest and move on to other things in which they can pump their money.

“As an elected municipal council, the project itself is important to us, as also any municipal revenue we will receive through permits, licences, etc.”

Currently, the country has Bahrain National Stadium, Khalifa Sports City and three sport halls in Buhair, Umm Al Hassam and Juffair.

“Families want to spend their Saturdays out,” said Mr Al Ansari.

“It starts with shopping or entering play areas, then having a choice between watching a match or going to a movie in the cineplex.

“The stadium could also host WWE events, concerts, festivals and even theatrical performances besides having training schools run by top clubs.

“Other innovative investment ideas could always be incorporated depending on proposals submitted.”

The project is based on directives by His Majesty King Hamad, who in June last year ordered officials to prepare a study following a meeting with Fifa president Gianni Infantino.

Mr Al Ansari hoped construction and management of the stadium should follow standards set by popular international facilities such as Camp Nou in Barcelona, Amsterdam Arena and Beijing National Stadium.

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