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Saudi women to enter stadium for first time

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Staff Writer | January 9, 2018
As the countdown to Day Zero when women are allowed to attend sporting events in stadiums in Saudi Arabia is in its final stages, Al Jawhara Stadium in the Red Sea city of Jeddah is fully ready for the breakthrough event.
Saudi women to enter stadium
Equality   Princess Reema Bandar Bint Al Saud expressed her delight
Pictures of the facilities especially prepared to ease the presence of women in the hitherto male bastion have been circulating on social media and building up excitement among fans and supporters.

Facilities include prayer rooms, powerful air-conditioners and toilets. Even a smoking zone for women was prepared.

The first match to be watched live by women in Jeddah will be between Al Ahly, one of the two local teams, and Al Baten on January 12.

The fifth floor of the stadium, with a capacity of 10,000 seats, has been reserved for women to attend sporting events.

In a major breakthrough, Saudi Arabia last year announced that women would be allowed to attend sporting events in the kingdom’s three major stadiums starting January 1.

Princess Reema Bandar Bint Al Saud, the vice president for women’s affairs of the General Sports Authority, on her Twitter account expressed her delight with the decision.