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Morocco to Construct $500 Million Grand Stade de Casablanca, World’s Largest Football Stadium Ahead of FIFA 2030 World Cup

Morocco has announced ambitious plans to build the Grand Stade de Casablanca, a groundbreaking project set to become the world's largest football stadium.

05 Apr 2024
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The Moroccan Government is yet to make history in the football world as it has commenced it efforts for the construction of the Grand Stade de Casablanca, a proposed stadium that will become the largest in the world.

This country located in North Africa will be hosting the FIFA 2030 World Cup alongside the European Countries of Spain and Portugal. This upcoming stadium is expected to beat Spain’s Santiago Bernabeu or Camp Nou as the prestigious venue that will be hosting the world cup 2030 final.

The planned stadium is located in El Mansouria, which is a coastal town situated just east of Casablanca hosting less than 20,000 inhabitants.

Capacity of Grand Stade de Casablanca
The stadium is expected to have a sitting capacity of 115,000 spectators. It is set to be the supplant of the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium that is located in Pyongyang in the Republic of North Korea that has a sitting capacity of 114,000 spectators.

The budget for the construction of the upcoming stadium is approximated to be at $500 million which is equivalent to five billion Moroccan dirhams. The construction of the Grand Stade de Casablanca has been on the pipeline ever since the start of the 20th century. The football stadiums that will be hosting the World Cup 2030 will be announced in the year 2026, by which the overall construction of the stadium is expected to have been finished.

Contractors of the Stadium
The National Agency for Public Facilities (ANEP) in Morocco has just repotedly awarded the design and construction contract of the upcoming stadium to the global architectural firm Populous who will be in collaboration with the French-Moroccan firm Oulalous + Choi (O+C).

“Indeed we are very proud to have been given this prestigious stadium project,” stated Christopher Lee who is the managing director of Populous.

The Grand Stade de Casablanca will become an iconic attraction for all the Moroccan and Casablanca residents upon completion. Additionally, the stadium will be anchored strongly in the culture of Morocco, with both its traditions and contemporary forms of expression revealed in the design. It will have its roots in both the ancient and primitive customs: the Moussem which is an annual gathering of the nomadic people from the Sahara region, the tent, the garden will also be incorporated, and lastly both the topography and landscape of Morocco as a country will be incorporated in the stadium.


Source: Construction Review