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Guangzhou Evergrande start work on 100,000-capacity stadium

Shanghai: Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande on Thursday began building a new stadium costing 12 billion yuan (US$1.7 billion) and boasting a 100,000 capacity, making it one of the world's largest arenas.

It will be marginally larger than Barcelona's Nou Camp and is scheduled to be ready by the end of 2022, Xinhua news agency said.

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Guangzhou Evergrande Football Stadium will have an eye-catching lotus flower design wrapped around it, a nod to the southern city's status as China's "Flower City".

The stadium will be - for a time at least - the world's largest football venue, until Nou Camp expands to 105,000 seats after its ongoing redevelopment.

Eight-time Chinese champions Guangzhou, who are coached by Italian FIFA World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro and have won the AFC Champions League twice, average about 50,000 fans for home matches.

Evergrande's CSL rivals Shanghai SIPG are constructing a new arena that will seat 33,000 and is expected to be finished in 2021.

China PR will host the newly expanded 2021 FIFA Club World Cup and the AFC Asian Cup 2023, while Shanghai is interested in holding the Olympics.

Source: AFP

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