A Saudi Arabian national petroleum and natural gas company Saudi Aramco will build 11 sports stadiums in different parts of the country.
Saudi Aramco will build the facilities following a directive from Saudi Arabia’s ruler King Abdullah to improve sports facilities in several regions.
The new stadiums will be built according to the standards followed for the King Abdullah Football Stadium and Sports City in Jeddah.
The 60,000-seater King Abdullah stadium, which opened in May, was also constructed by Saudi Aramco.
In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi said the projects will be established within the King Abdullah programme for establishing main stadiums in the Kingdom’s regions.
The stadiums will cater to the regions of Madinah, Qassim, Eastern, Asir, Tabuk, Hail, Northern Borders, Jazan, Najran, Baha and Jouf, and each will have the capacity for 45,000 spectators.
According to Al-Naimi, Aramco has started forming special teams for taking initial steps in implementation, planning and supervision of the stadiums.
Saudi Arabia is constructing three more stadiums than Qatar, which will host the football world cup in 2022.
Currently, the Kingdom has 23 large stadiums in different regions of Saudi Arabia, including the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh which has one of the largest stadium roofs in the world.