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AFCON 2025: Morocco Offers First Ever Rectangular-Shaped Stadium With Elliptical Running Tracks

With the clock counting down to the announcement of the host country for the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations, one of the stadiums being proposed by Morocco has a unique architectural design.

This is the Stade de Marrakech which is some 11 km from the city centre. It is the first stadium in the world to be both rectangular and also incorporate an elliptical running track.

Designed by Italian firm, Gregotti Associati International, it is adorned in brick red colour outwardly to have an harmony with the ancient city that is noted for its trademark of red walls.

Generally,  Marrakech is nicknamed “Red City” as most buildings are constructed
in red sandstone .

The stadium outwardly cut  the picture of an  ancient fort and having four towers at the corners of the unique arena.

Each tower carries a set of halogen lamps that illuminate the natural lush green grass and the main bowl.

This may not be a coincidence. As the director of the stadium, Rachid Naifi explained, the shape refers to fortifications on one hand and to local architecture in general.

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