Saudi allows women to watch soccer match in stadium for first time

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The move was the first of Saudi Arabia's social reforms planned for this year to ease restrictions on women, spearheaded by the kingdom's 32-year-old crown prince.

Following the opening in Jeddah, the stadium in Riyadh will open its doors to women on Saturday, followed by the western city of Dammam on Thursday.

"This event proves that we are heading for a prosperous future". The structure of the stadium accommodated the segregation with women-only vehicle parks and separate entrances for the female spectators. It prepared for the historic match by tweeting an image featuring a woman's face painted in gold, the club's colour.

"Today, you brought happiness to every Saudi family and woman who attended the first game", said Reema Bandar Al-Saud, a deputy at the General Sports Authority and part of the Saudi Royal family was quoted as saying by CNN.

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Construction teams had scrambled to build female toilets and line off a women-only parking lot ahead of the game.

However, the women were segregated in the stands from the male-only crowd with designated seating in the so-called "family section" at King Abdullah Sports City stadium, ABC News reported.

Al-Ahli took on Al-Batin in the Saudi Pro League at the King Abdullah Stadium in Jedda, and after a decision announced in October, females were permitted to watch the match in person for the first tine in the country's history.

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