The Chinese government is to provide $11m (£8.8m/€9.7m) in funding to develop Costa Rica’s Estadio Nacional.

The 35,000-seat stadium is located in the capital city of San Jose and the news comes after the venue was last month announced as the host venue for two games during next year’s Gold Cup national team football tournament.

The El Periodico newspaper reported that the funding will help modernise the security systems of the stadium, which opened in 2011. The newspaper added that Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado and Sports Minister Hernán Solano have signed a decree entitled the ‘Modernisation of the Estadio Nacional Security System’.

Alvarado said: “This donation will allow us to adapt security systems and other aspects to national regulations for the benefit of the general public and athletes in particular.”

Solano added: “The modernisation of the security and fire systems of our main sports venue constitutes an incalculable positive impact for the sport and cultural events that take place throughout the year, as well as a direct benefit for those who work in their facilities.”

El Periodico’s report added that the agreement will provide Costa Ricans with new technology training. The stadium was built by Chinese authorities as part of a cooperation between the two countries that was signed in 2007.

The renovation project is scheduled to begin next year and will take around six months.

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