Construction work on a Chinese-funded national stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, has been completed.

The news was confirmed by Thong Kohn, Cambodia’s Minister of Tourism. Building work began on site in 2017.

Morodok Techo National Stadium – which is part of a larger sporting project, the Morodok Techo National Sports Complex – will be the main venue for football and athletics.

The 60,000-seat stadium will be a key venue during the Southeast Asian Games in 2023. It will be the first time that Cambodia has staged the Games, despite having been a participant since 1961.

IPPR International Engineering Corporation was responsible for the design of the venue, and the contractor was China State Construction Engineering Corporation. The venue is based 10km north of downtown Phnom Penh in the Chroy Changvar District. 

The stadium is the second largest in the country behind the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, which has a capacity of 70,000.

Aside from its central role during the Southeast Asian Games multi-sport event, Morodok will be used as a host venue for rugby, as well as football and athletics.

The stadium site covers 40 acres, while the entire complex will sprawl across about 210 acres. 

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