China’s ambassador to Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), Su Jian, is due Friday to deliver, in a symbolic way, the key to the National Stadium to the Cape Verdean government at a ceremony held in Palácio das Comunidades (Palace of the Communities), news agency Inforpress reported.
With a capacity for 15,000 seated spectators, of which 5,000 are in covered areas, the National Stadium covers an area of 11,530 square metres on the outskirts of the capital city, Praia and has FIFA-approved Astroturf. Construction cost US$50 million.
The facility, which was built over three years by Chinese workers, is equipped with changing rooms, a press room, a physiotherapy suite, areas for the police, fire fighters and doctors as well as for sports agents. It also has outside areas for athletics events such as javelin, long jump and high jump and other events.
The agreement for the stadium’s construction was signed in November 2009 and the project was funded by donations and interest-free loans provided by the Chinese government as part of economic and technical cooperation agreements signed by the two countries.
The Cabo Verde National Stadium will be officially inaugurated on 5th July 2014, on the 39th anniversary of the archipelago’s independence. (macauhub)