A football match between Al Ahli and Al Batin in Jeddah on Friday has made history (and international headlines) for all the right reasons.
The match concluded with Al-Ahli crushing Al-Batin 5-0, but the real winners were the women in the stands
Female fans were allowed to attend football matches for the first time in Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Arabian government announced the lifting of the ban late last year and as a result, women now be able to enjoyed Saudi Professional League matches.
And social media is loving it
— Ahmed Al Omran (@ahmed) January 12, 2018
As we speak;Saudi women fans are entering soccer stadiums! This is more than women’s rights: today’s match between Al-Ahli and Al-Batin, and the ones to follow,are opportunities for families to come together and enjoy KSA’s national sport- soccer!I’m rooting for the ladies-enjoy!
— Fatimah S Baeshen (@FatimahSBaeshen) January 12, 2018
The stadiums have also been fitted with female prayer areas, restrooms and smoking areas
— Patrick Galey???? (@patrickgaley) January 12, 2018
The stadium was divided into sections for families or just male-only crowds
— Saudi Times (@NewsOnKSA) January 12, 2018
There are also separate entrances and parking lots for female spectators
— Maryam Manzoori (@MManzoori) January 12, 2018
The General Sports Authority is preparing the surrounding squares in the King Abdullah Sports City with food trucks and a number of sporting and social events to create a distinctive social environment for upcoming matches.