RIYADH: Two football delegations are scheduled to visit the Kingdom Arena stadium on Monday to determine its suitability to host Al-Hilal’s Roshn Saudi League and AFC Champions League matches for the remainder of the 2023/2024 season, Arriyadiyah has reported.
The publication quoted sources close to the club who said the first delegation visiting the stadium will consist of representatives from the Asian Football Confederation and Saudi Arabian Football Federation, accompanied by an official from Al-Hilal. The second delegation includes representatives of the Employment Department of the Ministry of Sports and the Saudi Pro League.
The two delegations had submitted their observations on the stadium’s preparedness after previous visits, and Al-Hilal has since implemented the recommendations, the publication reported on Sunday.
The club is hoping to move their matches from Prince Faisal bin Fahd Sports City Stadium to the Kingdom Arena location, starting with the fixtures against Al-Raed on Feb. 18 and Sepahan of Iran on Feb. 22.
The stadium was inaugurated on Jan. 29 when Al-Hilal welcomed Inter Miami, led by Lionel Messi, for the Riyadh Season Cup, a match that the hosts won 4-3. The second match at the venue saw Al-Hilal beat Al-Nassr 2-0 to win the three-team tournament.
The Kingdom Arena stadium was built in a record time of three months and can accommodate 26,000 spectators. The pitch is 68 meters by 105 meters, with a fully retractable roof at a height of 47 meters. The venue is also fully air conditioned and has 20 VIP boxes.