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[In Images] China: Guangzhou Evergrande stadium construction begins

Designed to accommodate more than 100,000 spectators, the enclosure in the shape of a lotus flower - the symbol of Guangzhou - should be delivered before the end of 2022.

The foundation stone for Guangzhou Evergrande, one of the world's largest stadiums, was laid on Thursday 16 April in Canton (Guangzhou), in southern China. Covering an area of 150,000 m², the stadium is being built by the Chinese property developer, Evergrande Group, at an estimated cost of €1.55 billion. 

Evergrande Group also announced the construction, in China, of "two additional football stadiums with a capacity of 80,000 seats each. The public is invited "to give its preferences by choosing two projects from the six preliminary plans. »

The stadium should enable Guangzhou Evergrande, winners of eight of the last nine national championships, to significantly increase their audience in a country where football is booming.

The country was due to host the new Club World Cup in July/August 2021, but the event will be rescheduled after the international calendar was turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Asian Cup will be held in 2023 in China.

The 100,000-capacity stadium will rank behind the May Day Stadium in North Korea (150,000 seats) and the Salt Lake Stadium in Calcutta, India (120,000 seats).

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