Baniyas Sports Club Stadium, Opening Ceremony
Baniyas Investment and Development Company L.L.C. (BIDC) today announced the completion of the new Baniyas Sports Club Stadium in Al Shamkha, Abu Dhabi. The state-of-the-art stadium, which was built in a record breaking six months’ time, is set to open its doors with an inaugural football match on February 8th, 2010 between the Baniyas Club team and the Jordanian team Al Wahadat. This match is part of the Baniyas Club International Championship. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Roger Tallibert, a name behind some of the best stadiums in the world, the stadium was built in a total of 6 months. Construction had begun on August 4th 2009 and was completed on February 3, 2010. More than 650 construction workers and 20 engineers worked together to make the speedy construction of the stadium a tremendous success. Built to world-class standards specified by FIFA and the UAE Football League (UFL), the stadium accommodates 10,000 spectators and boasts a spectacular grandstand as well as three other spectator stands surrounding the football pitch. The new stadium also has special enclosures for VVIPs and dignitaries, as well as special parking and drop off points outside the main entrance, special VVIP seating and two private Majlis on the uppermost level. In total, there are more than 1,000 parking spaces dedicated for vehicles.