Alexandria Stadium – Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria StadiumIt’s back to Egypt today, to begin wrapping up this series.  Today’s track is found at Alexandria Stadium, which is the oldest stadium in Egypt.  It opened in 1929, but it was recently renovated in 2009.  This facility is interesting for a couple of reasons.  For one, it has the super-straightway, on the north side of the track.  While you do see this on occasion, this is the first time I’ve seen one at a big stadium like this.  Also, the stadium itself is very long.  Notice how far the stands on the ends are from the track.  There is grass space in between on the west end.  On the east end, there is plenty of extra room for the horizontal jumps along with the grass as well.  Used mostly for soccer, this design is certainly not the best for spectators sitting on the ends of the stadium.  But because of its historical value, and because it is different from any other stadium I’ve seen, I really like this one.

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*Photo from http://www.wikipedia.org/

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