Facility Notes: Libya Plans 60,000-Seat Stadium For '17 AFCON
Libya Sports Minister Abdussalam Guaila said that the country "plans to build a new 60,000 seater stadium" for the hosting of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final. A second stadium for the tournament, seating 23,000 spectators, "is planned for Misrata." Matches "would also be held in Benghazi" (REUTERS, 4/8). ... Rio de Janeiro's state government "has denied that the Maracana stadium will be shut for more redevelopment work following next year's FIFA World Cup." In a statement released on Monday, local officials said that "the stadium's current refurbishment would leave it ready for both the World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games" (XINHUA, 4/9).