The Municipal Stadium “Mala’b Al Baladi” located in Tarik Jdide was built by the French. The stadium was done by 1940 and then finished up when they began using the stadium for games and activities. It was used by different groups for events, holiday prayers, celebrations, games, and different sports competitions.
Despite its memorial and cultural importance the Beirut Municipality wanted to move the stadium to Horch Beirut and replace it with a multi-functional space and underground Parking area. The proposed project was presented without doing any study and without taking into consideration the different challenges and problems that will cause such as traffic congestion. NAHNOO led a campaign “ليضل الملعب بلدي ” with the collaboration of Tarik El-Jdide residents to advocate against the decision of the municipality. Successfully, NAHNOO could stop the project.
- Developing a plan for the protection of the stadium
- Raising awareness among citizens on the importance of the stadium
- Highlighting the negative impact that might occur if the project was implemented