2 Dec 2021
AFC Inspection Day 5
The AFC delegation headed to the last of the nominated Saudi Arabian cities to host the 2027 AFC Asian Cup – the city of Jeddah, situated on the western coast – on its fifth day of inspecting the facilities and processes behind #Saudi2027. After arriving by plane from a one-day trip in eastern Dammam, the delegation prepared for a two-day stay at Jeddah’s Ritz Carlton Hotel.
The first destination of the day was the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, which was Jeddah’s primary stadium until the construction of King Abdullah Sports City; the stadium currently holds 27,000 seats and will be one of Jeddah’s two stadiums at #Saudi2027. The delegation was briefed on how the stadium was refurbished and re-opened to suit AFC standards.
A short visit to one of the designated training sites for national teams at #Saudi2027 followed, when the delegation visited Al-Ittihad FC’s facilities.
The delegation was then taken to King Abdullah Sports City, which is one of the Kingdom’s newest stadiums and the largest one in Jeddah. The stadium has already been built to international standards, hosting international entertainment events including the Spanish Super Cup in recent years.
After lunch, a brief stop to one of the team hotels and hospitality services followed, before one of Saudi’s unique cultural visits took them to the historic town of Albalad. The town, which is currently undergoing restoration to bring back its cultural value to the Kingdom, amazed members of the delegation as they neared the end of their visit.
With one final meeting to go tomorrow, the delegation are now 24 hours away from completing the #Saudi2027 inspection visit.