By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 27 February 2014:
Work has begun on constructing an ultra-modern new stadium in Tajoura for the 2017 Africa Nations . . .[restrict]Cup, which Libya is scheduled to host.
The stadium, designed by German construction firm Gerkan, Marg and Partners (GMP), is the first in a number of infrastructure projects intended to be completed by 2017. The distinctive stadium will sit on on a cone-shaped plinth, with three additional buildings arranged around its edges in a triangular configuration.
In a ceremony as modern as the proposed building, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan pushed a button to pour concrete into the first foundation.
“Having won the battle of the revolution, Libyans are now winning the battle for production and construction, sports and culture,” said Zeidan.
He said that February had been a month of progress for the country, particularly in the area of sports. The national team’s victory in the African Nations Championship was the first sporting achievement of the year which was now being followed by the construction of a new stadium, he said.
German Ambassador to Libya, Christian Much, German football star Franz Beckenbauer and Project Manager Hans-Joachim Paap were amongst those attending the ceremony.
Two Tripoli stadiums are being planned for the hosting of the African Nations Cup. The second one is a new sports complex with a dedicated football stadium for 71,000, which will be built at the western edge of the city near the sea. The city’s athletics stadium will also be refurbished.
In addition to the National Stadium, the project at Tajoura also includes an indoor pool, a multi-purpose arena and a “Family Sportsworld”. [/restrict]