Sports activities stadiums named after Lebanese politicians


Right here Beirut supplies an summary of the Lebanese stadiums that bear the title of a politician. Because of this, nearly all of sports activities stadiums within the nation are affected.

Politicians are the personalities who carve out the lion’s share within the naming of sports activities stadiums all through the Lebanese territory. The names of politicians are thus related to the names of stadiums, as is the case within the international locations of the Arab world, however not in Europe or the remainder of the world, the place this observe is sort of absent.

The Lebanese system, since Independence in 1943, has consistently consisted of associating sports activities stadiums with the title of a politician. Thus, there are few main sports activities stadiums that would not have a reputation related to a politician.


The perfect-known sports activities stadium in Lebanon is the “Sports activities Metropolis”, formally and generally referred to as “Sports activities Metropolis Camille Chamoun”, which has a capability of 55,000 spectators. This stadium was constructed within the 50s of the final century and subsequently bears the title of the President of the time. As for the basketball court docket of this sports activities advanced, it bears the title of Pierre Gemayel, who was Minister of Public Works on the time of the development of this stadium.

Geographical overview of the stadiums

In Tripoli, the principle soccer stadium, with a capability of twenty-two,500 seats, took the title of former Prime Minister Rachid Karamé, after the latter’s demise in 1988. This stadium is the one one within the North and in Akkar which bears the title of a politician.

In Batroun, there is no such thing as a stadium that bears the title of a politician, realizing that the membership of “Chabeb el Batroun” inaugurated a sports activities advanced just a few years in the past with the monetary assist of the Saudi emir Walid Ben Talal .

In Jbeil, two sports activities complexes bear the title of the previous President of the Republic, Michel Sleiman. The primary is the Amchit membership stadium. The second is within the city of Jbeil and is named “Cité Sportif Michel Sleiman”. The latter features a basketball stadium within the title of Carlos Slim, the Mexican businessman, of Lebanese origin, who financed the development of this sports activities area.

In Kesrouan, the best-known sports activities area is the Fouad Chehab stadium, which features a soccer stadium with a capability of 5,000 spectators, a basketball and volleyball court docket and an athletics observe. The stadium of the Ghazir membership bears the title of Antoine Choueiry, businessman and historic president of Sagesse Beirut. There may be additionally the Nohad Naoufal stadium in Zouk, named after the previous president of the municipality of Zouk Mikael, which features a basketball stadium that may accommodate 8,000 folks.

The Fouad Chehab stadium in Jounieh

In Metn, there may be the Michel el-Murr sports activities advanced, in Bauchrieh, which bears the title of the previous vice-president of the Chamber of Deputies. And through his mandate, President Emile Lahoud inaugurated in Mar Roukoz (Dekwaneh) “the Emile Lahoud army sports activities advanced”. In Bikfaya, there may be the Soumaya Slim stadium, named after Carlos Slim’s spouse. In Bhamdoun, there’s a massive soccer stadium named after Amine Abdel Nour, a non-political persona, with a capability of three,500 seats.

The Michel el-Murr sports activities advanced

In Beirut, there may be, along with the Camille Chamoun Stadium, the Saeb Salam basketball stadium in Manara, named after the previous Prime Minister, in addition to the Hatem Achour stadium, named after the businessman, father of President of the Lebanese Handball Federation, Abdallah Achour.

Within the south, the municipal stadium of Saida, with a capability of twenty-two,600 seats, is named the Rafic Hariri stadium, named after the previous Prime Minister. As for the stadium of the “Risala Sarafand” membership, it bears the title of the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Nabih Berry. In Mays el Jabal, a sports activities area bears the title of Imam Moussa el-Sadr.

In Jezzine, the Julien and Linda Slim stadium has simply been inaugurated, additionally financed by the businessman Carlos Slim. A world ping-pong match might be organized there from November 14 to twenty.

Lastly, within the Bekaa, zeal has gone past nationwide borders. Thus the Jamal Abdel Nasser soccer stadium (named after the previous Egyptian President) was inaugurated within the metropolis of Khiara.

As for the stadiums that bear the title of non-Lebanese personalities, there may be the Chayla stadium in Beirut, named in honor of the previous French ambassador to Lebanon, from 1956 to 1962, Armand de Blanquet of Chayla.

Thus, numerous stadiums bear the title of Lebanese political figures who’ve performed an essential position within the lifetime of the nation since its independence.

A few of these personalities attended the inauguration of the stadiums bearing their title, corresponding to Camille Chamoun, Emile Lahoud, Nabih Berry and Michel el-Murr. Others died earlier than their inauguration.

Observe that a few of these stadiums are effectively maintained, whereas others are uncared for and in poor situation.

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