Wuhan features in China stadia building drive



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China Wuhan new stadium Image: Titan Sports Plus (@titan_plus on Twitter)

Plans have been unveiled as regards the latest big-ticket stadium project in China with Wuhan to get a 60,000-person stadium. The stadium is expected to be completed and go on stream in June 2023.

‘Titan Sports Plus’ stated that on March 23rd, China-based Zall Holdings bought three plots with a planned land area of 503,100 square meters in the Panlongcheng Airport area in Wuhan (China), and plans to build the Airport International Sports Center and other projects there.

As per the planning requirements, Zall will build a professional football stadium with more than 60,000 seats in Wuhan.

‘Titan Sports Plus’ further stated that the arena will serve as the residence of the Chinese Super League (CSL) football club Wuhan FC. Zall Holdings – the supply-chain property and trading services firm – is Wuhan FC’s parent company. Fans will be able to watch top-flight international football clubs play in the arena once it goes off the ground and it will also stage international soccer showpieces.

Wuhan Football Club, formerly the Wuhan Zall Football Club, is a professional Chinese football club that currently participates in the Chinese Super League under licence from the Chinese Football Association. The club’s home ground is the 30,000-capacity Wuhan Five Rings Sports Centre in Wuhan.

The Chinese Football Association Super League, commonly known as Chinese Super League or CSL, currently known as the China Ping An Chinese Football Association Super League for sponsorship reasons, is the highest tier of professional football in China, operating under the auspices of the Chinese Football Association.

The planned facility will be the anchoring part of a wider sports complex, and the price tag will come to a reported CNY2.6bn yuan (£290.9m/€337.2m/$398.7m). Zall Holdings will pick up the tab.

China is presently engaged in a stadium construction overdrive as it prepares to play host to the Asian Cup. The 18th edition of the Asian Cup, the region’s flagship national team competition, will take place in China from June 16th to July 16th, 2023, as per the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). China initially pledged to build new stadia in seven of the 12 planned host Cities after it was awarded hosting rights in June 2019.

Wuhan had been named as one of the 12 Cities but this plan was relooked in December 2019 when the Chinese Football Association (CFA) confirmed 10 host Cities – Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Dalian, Qingdao, Xiamen, and Suzhou.

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