Stade Mimoun Al Arsi (Estadio Chipula)
|Clubs||Chabab Rif Al Hoceima|
Description: Stade Mimoun Al Arsi
The stadium was erected in early 1950s. Soon afterwards it was occupied by Chabab, the team using it to this date. Central location in Al Hoceima meant good access, but also constraints in terms of future expansions. To date the stadium has only two stands, south and north of the pitch.
The southern main grandstand has an indoor hall integrated to it and offers a very modest amount of cover to spectators. The north side is fully covered after the 2010 renovation. During that upgrade the stadium received its synthetic turf. In total the project cost 50 million dirhams, but possible improvements are still expected. One of them is a 48-bed hotel for the sporting personnel.
Because the stadium was built under Spanish protectorate, it also has a second name, used more commonly – Estadio Chipula.
New design: A piece of Morocco's World Cup ambition, perhaps?
Morocco have already hinted they could join the 2026 World Cup race. They're the country to have lost more biddings than any other, maybe this could indeed be a World Cup venue?