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This Happened — September 23: Women Enter The King Fahd International Stadium

On this day in 2017, women were allowed to enter the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia , for the first time ever. The women attended the stadium’s 87th anniversary celebrations and a qualifying World Cup match.

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Were there any restrictions or conditions for women attending the event?

Women were seated in designated sections of the stadium, separate from the male attendees. Additionally, women had to enter the stadium through specific gates designated for female attendees.

Was this change a result of government policy or a broader societal shift?

The change was part of broader societal and cultural reforms initiated under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman . The Saudi government's Vision 2030 plan aimed to diversify the economy and promote social development, including increasing women's participation in various sectors.

How has the presence of women in stadiums been received by the public and media?

The decision to allow women in stadiums has been met with a mixture of support and opposition. While some people welcomed the move as a sign of progress, others expressed concerns about cultural and religious norms . The presence of women in stadiums has sparked discussions about traditional practices and the pace of societal change.

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