Ground broken on Xi’an International Football Centre

Supporters of China hold a national flag during the AFC Asian Cup quarter final match between China and Iran at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on January 24, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

A groundbreaking ceremony has taken place in the Chinese city of Xi’an for ¥8.05bn ($1.1bn/€1bn) worth of ‘cultural’ construction projects including a 60,000-seat football stadium that will be one of the venues for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.

SportsMoney.cn reported that the 280-acre Xi’an International Football Centre will include retail space, hotels, a news media centre, and a ‘world class’ youth football training facility including accommodation, medical and conference spaces.

The stadium is to be completed by June 2022 and the surrounding facilities by the end of 2023.

Among the other projects currently being built by Xi’an is an ‘esports industrial park’.

The city recently completed work on the Xi’an Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium, an indoor arena for sports including basketball, badminton, table tennis, and ice hockey. It will be the main venue for the 14th Chinese National Games, being hosted in Shaanxi Province next year. Xi’an is the capital of the province.