King Fahd International Stadium
|Clubs||Al-Shabab FC, Al-Hilal Saudi FC|
|Category||Design being implemented|
|Cost||$ 315 M|
King Fahd International Stadium – design description
Why should King Fahd International Stadium be redeveloped?
Saudi Arabia's largest stadium opened in 1987 and has seen many major events, hosting the Confederations Cup, the Youth World Cup, the national team and local clubs.
The venue features a unique membrane roof reminiscent of Bedouin tents. At the time of its opening, it was the largest stadium roof in the world (47,000 m²).
With Saudi's growing ambitions to have a modern infrastructure and host major events, a plan was drawn up for a major redevelopment of the stadium, which has remained unchanged since its opening.
What are the guidelines of King Fahd International Stadium redevelopment project?
The design involves the removal of the athletics track and the rebuilding of the stands to bring them closer to the pitch. Behind the goals, the stands will have two levels, while along the pitch they will be divided into three tiers. A distinctive pavilion will remain in the main (west) stand, so that the top tier in the middle section will be split to leave space for it.
The extension will give the venue a football-like layout and increase the capacity of the stands to just over 80,000 spectators. The stadium will retain its recognisable roof, to the edge of which a circular panoramic screen will be hooked up. Externally, the main stand will be enhanced with a new entrance. The project is estimated to cost $315 million to complete.
When will King Fahd International Stadium be redeveloped?
In January 2023, the stadium hosted matches for the Super Cups of Spain, Italy and Saudi Arabia. The final of the Saudi Arabia Super Cup mini-tournament, played on January 29, was the last event to take place before the redevelopment. After the match, the stadium was closed and work began on the project. The redevelopment is expected to last until early 2026.
What events are planned at King Fahd International Stadium after the redevelopment?
Shortly after the arena's closure on February 1, 2023, Saudi Arabia was confirmed as the host of the 2027 Asian Cup. The redeveloped King Fahd International Stadium is expected to be the most important venue for the event, hosting, among other fixtures, the final of the tournament.
In addition, Riyadh will host the 2034 Asian Games, during which the opening and closing ceremonies and matches of the football tournament are to be held in this stadium. The venue was also part of speculation in the context of the 2030 World Cup, which the Saudis wanted to host jointly with Egypt and Greece.
2027 Asian Cup: Confusion over selection of tournament host
On December 3, 2019, the AFC announced the start of the process of selecting the host of the 2027 Asian Cup. Federations interested in hosting the tournament had until March 31, 2020 to submit their candidacies, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a deadline that has been postponed several times. Several years later, we know both the country and the stadiums that will host the tournament.