Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium
|17,799 (Covered seats)|
|37 (Presidential suite)|
|1,252 (VIP seats)|
|Inauguration||1957 (Liban - FC Petrolul Ploieşti, 1-0)|
|Cost||$100 million (1997)|
|Design||Laceco Architects & Engineers|
|Contractor||British Trafalgar House Engineering Group|
Camille Chamoun Stadium – stadium description
Lebanon's largest stadium dates back to 1957, when it was erected in central Beirut's district of Bir Hassan. Built while famous political and religious leader Camille Chamoun was president, it now bares his name.
Initially with two-tiered stands and no roof it had floodlights installed later, but in an unconventional spot – four masts were standing right outside the pitch, but inside the running track and stands. This unique setting existed until the ground was destroyed during Israeli invasion that caused massive destruction in Beirut.
It wasn't rebuilt until 1997 and even this was possible with financial support from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait who contributed 25% of the app. $100 million reconstruction budget. When redone the stadium had stands divided into 3 tiers with new floodlights and roof hanging over the main stand.
Since the revamp is has been used for various purposes with large sporting events being the most memorable ones: Pan Arab Games (1997, to return in 2015), Arab Championship (1999), AFC Asian Cup (2000) and Jeux de la Francophonie (2009).