Planned to be built on a site far from the economic capital, the Casablanca Grand Stadium project seems to have been buried because of its unrealism and the opposition of the High Commissioner for Water and Forests.
The project for the Grand Stadium of Casablanca, which was planned to be built in Labsabess, in the municipality of Ain Tizgha, near Benslimane, seems to have been definitively buried due to several changes that have taken place at the national and international levels.
According to the daily Assabah of 19 July, the failure of the Moroccan case in the race to organize the 2026 World Cup, combined with the change in the rules for the awarding of this major competition, caused the project to be buried.
The daily also reports that the High Commissioner for Water and Forests has vehemently opposed the implementation of this gigantic project in a region whose ecosystem would be endangered.
According to Assabah, this project, whose cost is estimated at 3500 MDH, was condemned because of its unrealism, since the stadium will be built far from Casablanca and risks being deprived of the necessary attendance of supporters of the city’s two major clubs, Wydad and Raja, which will affect its profitability.
This argument is in line with the doctrine advocated by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who has repeatedly argued that the implementation of sports projects must not impoverish the countries where they are built.
The choice of the Labsabess site was made in response to pressure from the population on those responsible because of the disturbances (mainly hooliganism) caused by the Mohammed V Complex, located in the very heart of the city.