President Ilham Aliyev attends groundbreaking ceremony for Baku Olympic Stadium
On June 6th, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for Baku Olympic Stadium. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva, FIFA President Joseph Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini attended the event. President Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva joined the groundbreaking ceremony of Baku Olympic Stadium. President Ilham Aliyev and the guests were told that the new gorgeous stadium to have 18 entrances would cover an area of 120,830 square meters and have a capacity of 65,000 spectators. Designed in modern style, the stadium will fulfill FIFA`s and UEFA`s highest technical recommendations and elite stadium obligations for football stadiums. The stadium will be equipped with facilities, such as a race-track, multifunctional stands and so on. The participants of the ceremony watched a documentary about the history of Azerbaijan football. It should be noted that the preparatory works have been carried out by construction establishments of the Azerbaijan State Oil Company. These actions include rehabilitation of the surrounding areas, as well as poling to make a steady foundation for the stadium. These works are still underway. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev addressed the ceremony. Calling this date an outstanding one in the country’s life and noting that the Azerbaijani football marked 100th anniversary, the head of state stressed that participation of distinguished guests at the ceremony such as Joseph Blatter and Michel Platini was another contribution to development of football in Azerbaijan. President Ilham Aliyev drew attention to the fact that the government undertook complex measures to develop football in the country. Then, UEFA President Michel Platini took the floor. Noting that it was big honor for him to attend such a ceremony, Michel Platini said that construction of this kind of stadium testifies that the Azerbaijani football would have a brilliant future. FIFA President Joseph Blatter also addressed the ceremony. “I am greatly honored to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of Baku Olympic Stadium. I would like the project of this stadium was a model for other countries as well”, FIFA President said. Then, the foundation stone of Baku Olympic Stadium was laid. Then President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, UEFA President Michel Platini and FIFA President Joseph Blatter signed a memorial ball. Foreign guests, football veterans, heads of federations who arrived to join the ceremony in their conversation with President Ilham Aliyev thanked him for care of and attention to sport in Azerbaijan.