Stade de Douera
|Target capacity||40 000|
|Category||Construction in progress|
|Cost||DZD 11.969 B ($87.5 M)|
|Contractor||Zhejiang Construction Investment Group Co., Ltd.|
Stade de Douera – construction description
How did the new stadium in Douera develop?
Plans for a new stadium in the south-western suburb of Algiers date back to 2004. Initially, the stadium was to be built in the Khraicia estate, but in 2008, a new site was selected a little to the west, between the Douera and Baba Hassen estates. The facility was to be built on the second southern bypass of Algiers, next to a major road junction.
The project was launched in early 2009, but administrative problems and troubles with the transfer of the site meant that construction work began on April 30, 2010. The contractor for the facility was the Chinese company Zhejiang Construction Investment Group Co., Ltd. (ZCIGC). Construction was expected to cost 11.969 billion Algerian dinars and the project is expected to be completed after 29 months, in September 2012.
How is the construction of the new stadium in Douera progressing?
However, after the initial ground works were completed, the project stalled. The standstill was explained by administrative obstacles, problems with the design, the falling value of the currency and difficulties in accessing construction materials. The Chinese contractor was said to be demanding much higher amounts for the project than originally agreed.
The construction site has been visited on several occasions by representatives of the local authorities and the media have also taken an interest in the project. The impasse was only broken in 2016 and since then the construction site has seen clear progress. According to the initial plans, the stadium was to be the main facility of a multi-purpose sports complex, but the ambitious project was scaled down, leaving only the stadium itself with additional pitches, car parks and surrounding greenery.
The construction, financed by government funds, is one of four major stadium developments taking place in Algeria over a similar period. Almost in parallel, stadiums were also being built in Baraki (another suburb of Algiers), Tizi-Ouzou and Oran, incidentally all of which also experienced significant delays.
Despite noticeable progress since 2016, subsequent commissioning dates kept being pushed back. Installation of the canopy began at the end of 2021, and a year later the first seats were assembled in the stands. The stadium is expected to open in the first half of 2023.
Who should the new stadium in Douera serve?
When construction of the stadium began, there were no precise plans regarding the future host. It was assumed that it would become one of the leading football clubs from the metropolitan area. On August 8, 2021, Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced that Mouloudia Club d'Alger would be the host and operator of the venue (the day before the club celebrated its centenary). In addition to Mouloudia Club d'Alger (MCA) matches, the facility is also to be used for other sporting and non-sporting events.
What will Stade de Douera feature?
The architectural concept can be seen on our design page of the new stadium in Douera
The stadium will have a typical football layout, with two-tier, gently profiled stands around the pitch. The auditorium will be fully covered and will accommodate 40,000 spectators. The ends of the roof will be glass and there will be two video screens above the stands behind the goals. The seating will be mainly in shades of red (upper level) and green (lower level), referring to the colours of Mouloudia Club d'Alger.
The upper level of the stands has been designed in a rather original way, with numerous indentations separating the different sections of the auditorium from each other. The walls at the edges of these indentations will be elongated upwards; they are intended to act as pillars supporting the canopy structure, while their soaring form will enrich the appearance of the facility both inside and out.
On the west side, under the stands, there will be a glazed backstage area. Interestingly, four underground tunnels will lead to the stadium. Additional pitches, paths, squares, greenery planting and parking spaces will be created around the facility.