The first steps have been taken in development of a new stadium for Egypt’s largest football club, Al Ahly.
The new 50,000 capacity stadium will be built in Sheikh Zayed City in the west of Cairo.
The stadium is being built on a 48,000m2 site which will include training grounds and an indoor hall. Construction of the venue is expected to be completed in five years.
Mahmoud El Khatib, the club’s president, and Al Ahly’s board members laid the foundation stone for the stadium. El Khatib said:
When I was a player, I had a dream of having our own stadium. Many years have passed and here we are witnessing a new historic chapter in the club’s history. I am not worried about the financing of Al Ahly Stadium, we are a big club with a huge fan base. The moment of laying the foundation stone of the stadium is the beginning.
Al Ahly’s president added that he is expecting many big companies to join the project and contribute in the construction of Al Ahly Stadium.
Assem El Gazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities and New Urban Communities, said:
I would like to congratulate Al Ahly’s board of directors and the club’s fans on laying the foundation stone of Al Ahly Stadium. Moreover, I am a firm believer in the importance of sports in the community, as it serves the Egyptian youth.
Since president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi took charge in 2014, the Egyptian state exerted huge efforts in order to further increase Egypt’s urban communities. Laying the foundation stone of Al Ahly Stadium serves that vision.
Finally, I would like you all to observe the place now and look at it in the future when the stadium is fully constructed. The ministry exerts all its efforts in order to increase the urban communities in Egypt. I would like to see Al Ahly sharing the same vision.