Stade Ibn Batouta (Grand Stade de Tanger)

Capacity65 000
Country Morocco
ClubsIttihad de Tanger
Inauguration 26/04/2011
Construction 09/2002 – 04/2011
Renovations 2020–2023
Design Jawad Khattabi
Cost MAD 844 M


Stade Ibn Batouta – stadium description

The newly built stadium in south-western outskirts of Tangier (by the N1 national road) isn’t only the city’s largest sports facility, but the largest building overall.

Construction was marred with delays and lasted almost 9 years in the end. Began in 2002, it wasn’t delivered until 2011. And it may still seem look unfinished to some, not without purpose. Both end zones were left single-tiered, but with the footing for an upper tier to be added in the future. Similarly, the east stand already has support structures for its future roof, should funds be allocated to build one.

While a lot may still be done, the initial budget of 844 million dirhams seems a very modest one by global standards for a 45,000-seat stadium. Unfortunately price seems to match quality in some areas. Open ends create strong drafts, western roof covers barely anyone in the lower tier, while the playing field is very far from fans.

Further criticism was caused by insufficient access in early years of the stadium. Largest events cause severe congestion both in terms of traffic and turnstile crowds. The latter was reported to lead to potentially dangerous situations.

Despite all concerns the stadium will remain Tangier’s major sports venue. It was opened by a friendly tournament by Atletico Madrid, Raja Casablanca and Ittihad. Everyday use is provided by Ittihad, who struggle to fill the ground half-way. Largest crowds gather in the southern curve, where fanatic supporters cheer for their team.

Between 2020 and 2023, the stands on the arches were extended to equal the height of those along the pitch. The upgrade increased the capacity of the stadium by up to 20,000 seats to 65,000 spectators. The additional sections were ready for the FIFA Club World Cup to be played in February 2023.



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