Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Saudi women to enter stadiums for first time to watch soccer

Saudi women to enter stadiums for first time to watch soccer

Women in Saudi Arabia have made history, as they entered a stadium to watch a football match for the first time.

The introduction of women to soccer matches in Saudi is part of reforms in the Kingdom with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, seen by many as the face of that change.

The order released the earlier in male-only spots of King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, and Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Stadium in Dammam to hold families.

Dressed in headscarves and long flowing abbayas the women filed into the stadium, ushered by women in orange T-shirts over their conservative dress, to take up seats at the "family section" of the stands, separate from the male spectators.

Women entered the stadium through a separate entrance
Women entered the stadium through a separate entrance

"I am very excited".

The result meant Al-Ahli closed the gap on table toppers Al-Hilal to one point.

As the two teams al-Ahli and al-Batin faced each other in the city of Jeddah, women showed up to their first public sporting event in the Kingdom to support the sides with their spouses, children and friends.

"The general sports authority has provided everything that would create an attractive sports environment for families and provide everything needed to ensure their privacy", the country's sports governing body said in a statement.

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