Saudi Aramco is planning to tender the 11 stadiums that it plans to build across Saudi Arabia in November.

Invited contractors will be given five weeks to prepare bids, and awards are expected to be made in December.

The companies that will be invited are:

The contractors will be asked to bid for all stadiums, with a maximum of two awarded to each company. The 18-month contracts will be due for completion in June 2016.

Aramco is also preparing to invite project management consultants to submit bids to oversee the development of the projects.

The stadiums will be built in the provinces of Medina, Al-Qassim, Eastern Province, Asir, Tabuk, Hail, Northern Border Region, Jazan, Najran, Baha and Al-Jouf. Aramco has selected four architects to design the stadiums, based on a standard concept.

Each stadium will have a capacity of 45,000 people and will be based on King Abdullah Sports City (KASC), which was opened in Jeddah in May.

KASC is home to a 60,000-seat stadium as well as a 2,000-seat multisports hall, 1,000-seat athletic stadium and training fields for other sports.

Belgium’s Six Construct and the local Al-Muhaidib Trading & Contracting Establishment was awarded a SR2bn ($533m) contract to build the stadium in September 2011.

MEED reported in February 2013 that a joint venture of South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction and the local El-Seif Engineering Contracting Company had been awarded the KASC construction contract for the other facilities.