Photos: Ruiz-Joshua Rematch - Aerial Shots of Diriyah Arena

In less than a week Saudi Arabia will host what is regarded as one of the biggest sporting events to ever be staged in the Middle East, the highly-anticipated Heavyweight World Championship fight dubbed ‘Clash on the Dunes’ presented by Public Investment Fund (PIF).

Many have already marveled at the speed of the arena build that will host the fight which was planned to become one of the world’s largest outdoor stadiums and one that had to be built in under two months.

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The 15,000-seat purpose-built outdoor arena’s construction kicked off on the 7th of October and used almost 300 tons of steel to cover an area of 10,000 sqm at the center of historic UNESCO heritage site, Diriyah, the birthplace of the first kings of Saudi Arabia. It took 175 working dedicated staff to finish the works in time for what is considered the biggest fight in the past fifty years.

Touring the Diriyah Arena, Heavyweight ruler Andy Ruiz Jr said: “It’s amazing man, it’s crazy how they built everything in a month and a half. It’s amazing to be fighting over here, it’s going to be really historic and I’m planning to make history over here. It’s a lot different. When I first got here none of this was here so it’s unbelievable.”

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The massive structure will take more than 2000 staff members to operate it on fight night and will seat 300 media with hundreds more seated in a nearby media center. The magnitude of the fight and the historical location will have all eyes on Saudi come December 7th.

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Just like media, fans are flocking to Diriyah from all over the world. People from over 65 countries have bought tickets to see the heavyweights go at it from seats of the arena.

Anthony Joshua said: “It’s going to be an incredible night and I’m thrilled so many of my fans are going to be there, particularly from the UK.

"It’ll definitely be a night people will tell their grandchildren they were at, one of those iconic evenings of boxing.  Everyone from Saudi has been brilliant to work with."

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User Comments and Feedback
Comment by jbpanama on 12-03-2019

[QUOTE=Corelone;20225797]After they dig foundations, add plumbing, formers, rebar and it's less than two months. Not like they poured cement day one.[/QUOTE] OK...ask a concrete expert in Vegas about pouring concrete there in August...

Comment by True That on 12-03-2019

[QUOTE=mabulkhair;20225327]Some people are so salty that this fight is happening in KSA. The stadium looks remarkable for being built in such a short amount of time. Kudos to the builders and the organizers, this is not an easy task whatsoever.…

Comment by MulaKO on 12-03-2019

[QUOTE=Tecnoworld;20226130]bureaucracy kills efficiency 😅[/QUOTE] Would be the same here in Canada Maybe not 15 years but I’d say a good 8 years And yes , especially Italy ; fughin bureaucracy overkill’s everything over there

Comment by Tecnoworld on 12-02-2019

[QUOTE=OnePunch;20225658]it wouldnt take 15 years in the US, but I guarantee you that in a month and a half you wouldnt even have gotten a hearing date for the zoning change yet, much less move a shovel of dirt.........[/QUOTE] bureaucracy…

Comment by millcitymauler on 12-02-2019

[QUOTE=wolfang82;20225437]Reminds me of cesars palace[/QUOTE]more like Stub Hub Center

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