Stade Mohamed V

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Stade Mohammed V
Raja de Casablanca vs Mouloudia dOujda, November 02 2008-04.jpg
Former names Stade Marcel Cerdan (1955-56)
Stade D'honneur (1956-1981)
Location Maarif, Casablanca, Morocco
Opened March 6, 1955
Owner City of Casablanca
Surface Grass
Capacity 55,000
Tenants
Raja Casablanca
Wydad Casablanca
Morocco national football team

Stade Mohammed V (Arabic: مركب محمد الخامس‎) is part of a big athletic complex situated in the heart of the city of Casablanca, Morocco, in the western part of Maarif district. It was inaugurated March 6, 1955, and currently has a capacity of 55,000.[1]

Often hosting the games of the Morocco national football team, the Stade Mohamed V is equally known as the home of Raja Casablanca and Wydad Casablanca. It is named after King Mohamed V of Morocco.

History[edit]

Inaugurated on March 6, 1955 under the name of Stade Marcel Cerdan, the stadium had a capacity of 30,000 places. The following year, after the independence of Morocco, it took the name of Stade D'honneur.

At the end of the 1970s, in preparation for the 1983 Mediterranean Games which were held in Casablanca, the stadium was closed for a major renovation; with an increase of the seating capacity, installation of the electronic panel, and construction of the gymnasium and covered swimming pool around the stadium, it reopened in 1981 under its current name, Stade Mohamed V, and with an 80,000 capacity.[2]

In 2000, the stadium was renovated a second time because of Morocco's candidacy to organise the 2010 World Cup, green- and red-coloured seats were installed in the stadium reducing the capacity to its current size, 52,000, and owing to set it seated up of the lateral tribunes abrittant the celèbre magana she will diminish to be In order to continue to welcome the games of the FIFA, that always is his current capacity.

Today, the complex has the stadium itself, an indoor gymnasium with a 12,000 capacity, an Olympic-sized swimming pool with a 3,000 capacity, a media centre of 650 m², a conference room, a meeting room, a care centre, and an anti-doping centre.

Stade Mohamed V is located right in the center city of Casablanca, the international airport of Casablanca is 25 kilometres from the stadium, and the Casa-Vouyagers rail station is 5 kilometers from the stadium. The stadium has a parking lot with a capacity of 1 000 cars.

At the time of the 2006-2007 season, the stadium was closed and reopened in April 2007. It currently has a semi-artificial lawn of very good quality.

International competitions[edit]

The complex hosted the following competitions:

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Coordinates: 33°34′58.32″N 7°38′48.54″W / 33.5828667°N 7.6468167°W / 33.5828667; -7.6468167

Preceded by
FNB Stadium
Johannesburg
Africa Cup of Nations
Final Venue

2015
Succeeded by
Wadi Al Rabi Stadium
Tripoli
Preceded by
Cairo International Stadium
Cairo
African Cup of Nations
Final Venue

1988
Succeeded by
Stade 5 Juillet
Algiers