King Abdullah Sports Stadium
Much more than just a stadium: “King Abdullah Sports City”, an exclusive sports complex situated in the coastal town of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was built between 2012 and 2014. Besides the football stadium, the complex also includes a mosque, a state-of-the-art sports hall for over 10,000 spectators, an athletics stadium and other outdoor sports facilities such as tennis courts and football training grounds. However, the centrepiece of “Sports City”, which is the only structure of its kind in the region, is the spacious football stadium with seating for 60,000 spectators.
The architecture was inspired by traditional Arab motifs such as the geometric patterns of the mashrabiya, the skilfully carved wooden windows evoked by the modern façade. OVE ARUP of London was responsible for the overall conceptual design. The turnkey planning and implementation of this €380 million project were in the hands of BESIX, the Belgian construction specialist, and the Saudi Al Muhaidib Group. BAM Sports was charged with a large section of the planning and execution works in the framework of a consulting contract.