Dubai Sports City
Dubai Sports City is the world’s first purpose-built sports city. Set on 50 million square feet within the Dubailand development, Dubai Sports City will feature four magnificent stadia: a 60,000 seat multi-purpose outdoor stadium for rugby, soccer and track and field events, a 25,000 capacity dedicated cricket stadium, a 10,000 seat multi-purpose indoor arena for hard court games, ice hockey, concerts and other events, and a field hockey stadium for 5,000 spectators.
In addition, Dubai Sports City will be the venue for ERNIE ELS’ first golf course design in the Middle East: an 18-hole championship course which will be the centrepiece of a luxury golf residential community, Victory Heights.
Dubai Sports City will host world-renowned sporting academies including the first purpose-built Manchester United Soccer Schools facility anywhere in the world, the International Cricket Council’s own ICC Global Cricket Academy, the first Butch Harmon School of Golf outside the United States, the first of its kind World Hockey Academy, and a David Lloyd Tennis Academy. Furthermore, this exciting development will feature a leading racquets, health and fitness facility, the Next Generation Clubs as well as the Bradenton Preparatory Academy (from Florida, USA) - a sports certified school which teaches students to the American Baccalaureate Curriculum with flexible timings for use of the academy facilities.
In addition to the sporting facilities, Dubai Sports City will boast major residential and commercial developments, together with all the related amenities expected in a purpose-built city, including international schools, medical facilities, hotels, community centres and entertainment venues. The primary shopping destination at Dubai Sports City will be a large mall with a leasing capacity of approximately 1.2 million square feet. This will be complemented by two retail hubs and a waterfront promenade featuring boutiques, restaurants and cafes.
The first element of Dubai Sports City to be completed will be the Ernie Els designed golf course, which will be ready for play by March 2008, with the entire development set for completion by 2010.
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