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New stadium inaugurated in Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast has inaugurated its new 60,000-seat Olympic stadium in Ebimpe on the outskirts of Abidjan.

The venue has been built in preparation for the African Cup of Nations football tournament in 2023. It will host the opening match and the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Ebimpe stadium will be the largest in Ivory Coast, replacing the Houphouët-Boigny stadium located in the centre of Abidjan.

The new stadium and ancillary facilities, which were built in co-operation and with funding from China, cost €218 million, according to Ivorian authorities.

The work was carried out over four years by Beijing Construction Engineering Group, a Chinese firm.

The construction of the facility also aims to develop the Anyama area, on the northern outskirts of the Ivorian economic capital, where the first metro line is due to be built.

The stadium has a capacity of 60,012 and was built on a construction site covering 61,250m2. It includes two presidential suites and an anti-doping control room.