Football: China to Build 60,000-Seat Stadium in Ivory Coast
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast – China flexed its economic muscle again on Thursday when it was announced it would finance the construction of a 60,000-seat stadium in Abidjan in time for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
“A gift from China, the Olympic stadium of Ebimpe with 60,000 seats will allow the hosting of high-level football, athletics and rugby tournaments,” a spokesman said before a sports ministry meeting in the Ivory Coast capital.
The project will also see the construction of a sports city around the stadium in the suburb of Anyama, in the north of the capital.
The work, which will take around two years, will start in January 2016.