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Arena Market: Egypt

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Arena-sized venues are scant in the north African nation, with the only real option for indoors being Cairo’s Indoor Halls Stadium Complex. Located near the Cairo International Stadium (75,000), the complex boasts four distinct halls, with capacities ranging up to 16,920 in the main hall, known as The Covered Hall.

However, that’s set to change very soon. Egypt is building a new urban district (New Administrative Capital) 30 miles west of densely populated Cairo, in an effort to construct a new capital city. In a bid to host a future sporting event, like the Olympic Games or FIFA World Cup, over 20 new entertainment and sports venues are being constructed in the Egypt International Olympic City district. The new area includes Egypt’s now-largest stadium, the 93,940-capacity New Administrative Capital Stadium, opening in January. A new 15,000-seat indoor hall is part of the plans, according to The Sun newspaper, and could potentially serve as the answer to the lack of arena-level venues in the country.

Meanwhile, many A-level artists turn to outdoor shows at the Great Pyramids of Giza, with Metro Boomin selling out his one-off performance at the World Wonder in May.

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