Al Wasl Football Club has announced a total revamp of its stadium and pitch in preparation for new coach Diego Maradona's first season in charge.

The Dubai club signed the Argentinian legend on a two-year deal in May and is keen to redevelop the venue to meet FIFA standards. Changes will be made to the seating areas of the fans and VIPs, with padded seating and revamped facilities added to accommodate an anticipated increase in fans.

It also plans to install a large plasma display screen at the Zabeel Stadium to give supporters a closer look at the pitch action. “Al Wasl has announced a complete overhaul of its facilities in order to anticipate increased attention from the media, sporting enthusiasts and fans alike," a club spokesman said.

The youth academy will also see some renovations to accommodate the increasing number of young players joining the club. The existing media room is also being expanded as the club expects more press to attend games to hear the thoughts of Maradona.

Abdulla Al Bishr, director of corporate support at Al Wasl Club, said: "Ushering in a new era for the club, Al Wasl is continuously witnessing many changes, and we hope that the new feel will be appreciated by fans and players alike. Setting the stage for an exciting new season, the club is witnessing significant changes to make sure nothing is overlooked in our journey to be a rising star for football in the region."

All maintenance and renovation work is scheduled for completion before training starts in August.

Posted on 16/07/2011