Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium
|Clubs||Al Qadsiah FC|
|Category||Design awaiting implementation|
|Cost||$ 155.5 M|
Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium – design description
How did the concept of redeveloping Prince Mohammed bin Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium come about?
Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium is located in the south-eastern suburb of Dammam. Built in 1982, the stadium has an athletics track and two stands located along the pitch. The western stand has a second, covered tier and a central building with a royal box. There are 11 500 seats in the auditorium. The arena is used by Al Qadsiah FC football players.
In view of Saudi Arabia's bid to host the 2027 Asian Cup football tournament, a stadium upgrade project was prepared by renowned studio Populous. Despite the planned expansion, the stadium is unlikely to host any matches of the tournament, as it has only been included as one of two reserve venues (alongside Prince Mohammed bin Fahad bin Abdulaziz Stadium).
What does Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium redevelopment concept entail?
The plan to redevelop the stadium is to turn it into a typical football arena. The athletics track is to be removed. New two-storey and covered stands will be built behind the goals. The east stand will be enlarged and also covered. The stand will undergo modernisation and its roof will be widened. Both existing stands will also receive additional rows in the lower section.
The facility will receive brand new boxes and VIP/hospitality areas, as well as modern rooms for players, journalists and officials and more wheelchair spaces. Four video screens are planned to be erected in the corners of the stadium. The extension will increase the capacity of the arena to 22,000 spectators. The facility is to use water- and electricity-efficient solutions.
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.