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Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium

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Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium



Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium is a 48,837 capacity multi-purpose stadium in the Bir Hassan area of Beirut, Lebanon. It is Lebanon''s largest stadium and holds the world''s 306th largest stadium ranking campacity-wise. The Sports City Stadium is currently used mostly for football matches and it also has athletics facilities. It was built in 1957 by the Lebanese Ministry of Youth & Fine Arts in the presidency of Camille Chamoun. The opening game was a friendly played against FC Petrolul Ploie ti, where Lebanon won 1-0 through a goal scored by Joseph Abou Murad. The stadium was completely demolished in the Israeli Invasion of 1982. Consequently, former Lebanese PM "Rafic Al Hariri" initiated a project to rebuild the stadium in preparation for the 2000 AFC Asian Cup. The reconstruction received funding from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, with a respective contribution of 20 Million and 5Million U.S. Dollars. The other 75 Million U.S. Dollars were provided by the Lebanese government. The renovation process of the bordering "Pierre Gemayel Hall" was also included in the overall project.