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Saudi Arabia will soon allow women to watch sports in 3 major arenas

Women also gaining driving privileges next year
Saudi Arabia will soon allow women to watch sports in 3 major arenas
Posted at 12:40 PM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-30 12:40:32-04

Change is coming to Saudi sports arenas as women will be allowed in as spectators for the first time in 2018.

Three arenas in major cities will begin admitting women early next year, CNN reports.

A statement from Saudi Arabia's General Sport Authority said the formerly male-only venues of King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, King Abdullah Sport City in Jeddah and Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Stadium in Dammam are preparing to "accommodate families."

It appears the government chose the country's most important stadiums to integrate, CNN reports

Just last month, Saudi Arabia announced women will earn the right to drive in the conservative religious kingdom as of June 2018.

"Under its guardianship system, women cannot marry, divorce, travel, get a job or have elective surgery without permission from their male guardians. They cannot mix freely with members of the opposite sex, and must wear a full-length black abaya in public," CNN writes.

The change is part of 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's "Vision for 2030" reform plan, CNN reports.