Over 9,000 women attend two league matches

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Saudi Gazette report

JEDDAH
— More than 9,000 women attended two Saudi soccer league matches last week after they were allowed to enter stadiums for the first time in the history of the Kingdom.

As many as 4,411 women attended the match in Jeddah between Al-Ahli and Al-Batin at Al-Jawhara Stadium on Friday while 5,000 attended the match between Al-Hilal and Al-Ittihad at King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh.

The women increased the number of spectators at Al-Jawhara Stadium to more than 24,000 which was four times the number of spectators from the last match held at this stadium while those who attended the match in Riyadh were 26,602.

The attendance of women at the soccer matches also raised the performance of players on the field.

“The women’s attendance has tremendously raised the performance of players,” said Al-Ahli Serbian coach.

Many goals were scored during the match between Al-Ahli and Al-Batin while the Riyadh match was described to be the toughest so far played in the Saudi league which entered its 17th week.

The attendance of women also created some jobs for women as 254 of them were employed at Al-Jawhara Stadium to supervise the entry and seating of women spectators.

They received the women at the entrance, sold them tickets and seated them on the 14,000 seats designated for families.

There were 150 women organizers at the Riyadh venue under the supervision of Princess Reema Bint Bandar, undersecretary of the General Authority of Sports for development and planning.

As many as 7,500 seats were reserved for families at King Fahd Stadium.

Some 80 female medical doctors, paramedics and nurses were present to extend any required medical help to families.

A number of women security guards were also present during the two matches to ensure the safety of families.


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