Morocco builds the second largest football stadium in the world

Heba Press – Rabat

A few weeks after the official announcement that the Moroccan-Spanish-Portuguese trio would host the 2030 World Cup, it was announced that a group of reforms would be launched in a number of the Kingdom’s stadiums, and the second largest football stadium in Morocco would be built.

In an interview with the President of the Royal Football League, Lakjaa confirmed that the Grand Casablanca Stadium will be built in the city of Benslimane, and will accommodate more than 110,000 spectators and will make it eligible to host the most important event in the World Cup.

Lakjaa added that a group of Moroccan stadiums will undergo a number of repairs and renovations that will make them eligible, not in terms of quantity, that is, the number of fans, as all World Cup stadiums will have a capacity of no less than 55,000 spectators.

In a related context, on Friday, October 20 in Rabat, Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch chaired the signing ceremony of a partnership agreement between the government and the Fund for Deposit and Management, to finance the rehabilitation program for 6 football stadiums, which were selected, by royal instructions, in both Tangier and Casablanca. Rabat, Agadir, Marrakesh and Fez, as well as building a new stadium in the city of Benslimane

Under this agreement, the government will have completed providing various sources of funding for the rehabilitation and construction of the stadiums that will host the 2025 African Cup of Nations finals and the 2030 World Cup, where a budget of approximately 9.5 billion dirhams will be mobilized to implement investment projects related to the rehabilitation of these stadiums. Stadiums, in accordance with the standards of the Confederation of African Football, during the period from 2023 to 2025, to be followed by a second rehabilitation phase in line with the standards of the International Federation of Association Football, with a budget ranging between 4.5 and 6 billion dirhams, from the years 2025 to 2028.

The agreement signed between the government and the Deposit and Management Fund also included the construction of a new stadium in Benslimane (Casablanca-Settat region), with an investment budget estimated at 5 billion dirhams, in the period from 2025 to 2028.

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