March 28 Stadium

March 28 Stadium (Arabic: ملعب 28 مارس‎) is a multi-purpose stadium in Benghazi, Libya, also known as Sports City Stadium. It is a part of Benghazi Sports City, used mostly for football matches and also has athletics facilities. The stadium holds 65,000 spectators. It is sometimes used by the Libya national football team, although it is not as popular as the Tripoli Stadium.

Construction work in the stadium in 1967.

The name of the stadium commemorates 28 March, in which British Forces were asked to relinquish their military base rights in Libya and leave the country.

Along with then-called June 11 Stadium, the 28 March Stadium hosted many games, including a semi-final, of the 1982 African Cup of Nations held in Libya.

New stadiumEdit

 
An artist's impression of the new stadium exterior.

As of 2013, the stadium had been closed, and demolition work have begun for the construction of a new stadium. The new stadium will be an 85,000 all seater stadium. Thomas Phifer and Partners, a New York-based architectural firm won the international competition for the design of the stadium.[1] The construction work is part of a general restructuring of the entire Medina al-Riyadhia (Sports City) site in the honour of the Libyan multi-millionaire owner Musbah for saving the club from all their debts. Construction work was expected to be finished in time for Libya's hosting of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations,[2][3] prior to its hosting of the tournament being cancelled in August 2014. Whilst construction has been taking place, Benghazi's football clubs have been using the Martyrs of February Stadium.

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Coordinates: 32°6′6.5″N 20°4′20.7″E / 32.101806°N 20.072417°E / 32.101806; 20.072417