Rabat – Following their last visit to the Ibn Batouta stadium where the Spanish Super Cup will take place, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has approved of the venue’s optimal facilities.
According to the Spanish technical delegation, Tangier’s Ibn Batouta stadium offers “excellent conditions” to host the game between FC Barcelona and Sevilla on Sunday, August 12. The match will be played at 9 p.m. Moroccan time. Representatives of both clubs accompanied the delegation.
The stadium has “very recent facilities, dating back only seven years, and perfectly arranged for the organization—a competition—at the height of the Spanish Super Cup,” added the RFEF in a statement.
The stadium can “comfortably” accommodate up to 45,000 spectators, notes the statement.
The Spanish federation had proposed, at a meeting of its steering committee on July 9, that Tangier host the 23rd Spanish Super Cup. The city was chosen especially because of its “optimal weather conditions” and because it is easy to buy tickets on the internet.
“The RFEF thanks the Royal Moroccan Football Federation for its interest and collaboration in providing the Tangier stadium” the Spanish federation said in a statement.
This will not be Tangier’s first experience as a “neutral site” for foreign leagues, as the city’s stadium hosted the French Super Cup on two occasions: the 2011 Super Cup between Lille and Marseille (4-5) and the 2017 Super Cup game between Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco (2-1).
As for FC Barcelona, the Spanish giant will be playing its second match in Morocco, after taking on Raja Club Athletic on July 29, 2012, at the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca. FC Barcelona crushed Raja de Casablanca 8-0.