Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor
|Other names||Stade de l'Amitié (1985-2001)|
|Address||Route de l’Aéroport de Yoff, Dakar, Sénégal|
Stade Léopold Senghor – stadium description
Opened in 1985, New national stadium of Senegal was initially called Stade de l'Amitié (Stadium of Friendship). However in 2001 it was decided that it will receive patronage of Leopold Sanghor, famous poet who died in that year.
For the Senegalese the ground raised with the help of Chinese government is extremely important. Not only because of traditional football (Cup of Nations was played here in 1992) and athletics use. Each year in January traditional Senegalese wrestling event takes place. In 1992 it also played host to a mess by John Paul II, while in 2007 new president has taken his vow at the ground.
Single-tiered stands create a typical bowl with only the main grandstand being covered and equipped with seats – in national colours.
Senegal: China to renovate four major stadia
Following meetings earlier this week Chinese authorities will run a large renovation project for several Senegalese stadiums, most notably the national Stade Leopold Senghor.