The first-ever Heavyweight World Title fight to take place in the Middle East will be staged in a custom-built venue.
While the fight is between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr, the venue is the Diriyah Arena, situated in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site, known as the home of heroes and kings.
Anthony Joshua faces a crunch rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr this Saturday night in Saudi Arabia in what is being billed as the ‘Clash on the Dunes’.
The newly built Diriyah Arena offers many unique features, six of which are listed below:
The Diriyah Arena is custom-built to accommodate 15,000 seats.
How it was constructed
According to reports, the Diriyah Arena was constructed by 175 staff working tirelessly to transform the 10,000 sqm site.
How long it took to build it
Work began on the Diriyah Arena on October 7, just about six weeks ago.
How fans will enter for the rematch
Fans will approach the Diriyah Arena via the Diriyah Oasis, a huge sprawling entertainment hub.
According to Exhibition World, the Arena’s shares rose 1.4 per cent on December 2, valuing the company at £27.5m (US$35.7m), which is about half the estimated purse that Londoner Anthony Joshua is set to pick up for the title fight
Who built it?
The Diriyah was built by UK exhibitor and event contractor Arena and commissioned by the Saudi General Sports Authority, reports Exhibition World.