Abuja National Stadium
|Inauguration||08/04/2003 (Shooting Stars - Sunshine Stars, 1-0)|
|Cost||NGN 54 billion|
|Design||SBP (Schlaich Bergermann und Partner)|
|Contractor||Julius Berger Nigeria|
|Address||Independence Avenue, Abuja, Nigeria|
Description: Abuja Stadium
New national stadium, commissioned in 2000 by the Nigerian government, was built on 29 hectares in the west of Abuja. Planned as the westernmost landmark of two central avenues of the capital, it stands on the opposite side to the national assembly building (easternmost). The building is connected by a set of pedestrian bridges to an even more spacious multi-use sports complex south, also providing it with vast parking sites.
When constructed, the stadium was among the largest, most modern and most expensive stadia in Africa. In fact, with 54 billion naira (some $360 million in 2003), the stadium was back then among the most expensive worldwide, earning it quite some criticism.
For the price Nigeria received indeed a very modern stadium able to hold just over 60,000 spectators on double-tiered stands. The multi-discipline stadium is topped by a lightweight PTFE membrane roof at the height of 40 meters. The cable-supported structure offers 33,000 m2 of shade-providing canopy and was, again, one of the best of its kind when built.
Though it was delivered primarily to host the 2003 African Games, the building was opened some time earlier by two Nigerian football clubs, Shooting Stars and Sunshine Stars. None of them have settled there as Nigerian football’s domestic needs are nowhere near that size. However the national team played numerous games here, even if rotating between other stadia nationwide.
While it also hosted many cultural and religious events, the stadium has become notorious for long periods of disuse and shocking lack of maintenance.
Nigeria: Cows grazing at national stadium
Despite it being illegal, herdsmen are taking their cows in huge numbers to graze at the Abuja National Stadium. As if the stadium wasn’t notorious enough already.
New stadium: The costly gem of Abuja
Stunning scale, appealing architecture and shocking lack of maintenance. Amazing stands ready for the best events, but also a tragedy in this stadium’s history. Meet the Abuja National Stadium!
Nigeria: Tragedy during recruitment in Abuja
Catastrophic scenes unveiled yesterday at Nigeria’s national stadium in Abuja. At least 19 people were killed, dozens are injured, some critically. Interior minister claims they should blame… themselves.
Nigeria: Another scandal at Abuja Stadium
After wildlife took over a year ago with plants, weeds and animals, now it turns out the football pitch has no drainage. If it rains on Sunday, the pitch may get completely unfit to play. Even without rain the national team manager is displeased with state of the field.