The Best Stadium in Nigeria Currently
We wrote on 10 largest stadiums in Africa in one of our posts and it was a pity that no stadium in Nigeria was fit enough to enter such ranking. This time, we shall focus on one of Nigeria’s finest stadium which I believe one day would rank among the top stadiums in the world of football.
This article will focus more on the Top 5 best stadiums in Nigeria currently. Most people would argue that among the host of functional stadiums in Nigeria presently, that the Abuja National Stadium should be among the best stadiums in Nigeria in terms of capacityand size, which is true but should not be seen as the best.
Although, it is on record that the Abuja National stadium was ranked by FIFA as the most beautiful stadium in Nigeria as of when it was built but that should be a thing of the past because another stadium built in recent times has dethroned the popular Abuja National stadium as the best in the country in terms of beauty and facilities.
Currently, the best stadium in Nigeria 2016 is the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo which was built by the former Governor of Akwa-ibom, Dr Godwill Akpabio. This stadium is top class with football training facilities and state of the art equipment. This Nigeria’s modern stadium was built according to FIFA standard.
Top 5 best stadiums in Nigeria
1. Akwa Ibom International Stadium
As earlier stated, the Akwa Ibom International Stadium was built by Julius Berger Construction company in 2012 during the regime of Godswill Akpabio and was completed in 2014. The stadium was built to resemble the Allianz arena in Germany. It is a 30,000 seater stadium and is used for different sport, cultural and social activities. The cost of building the Akwa Ibom International Stadium was estimated at $250 million.
2. Abuja National Stadium
Abuja National Stadium is also known as Nigeria’s National Stadium is a 60,491 seater National sports stadium that is located in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. The stadium serves as a home to the Nigerian National Football team. It is currently the largest stadium in Nigeria and best in terms of size. The stadium hosted the 8th All Africa games in 2003. The cost of building the Abuja National stadium was $360 million, making it the most expensive stadium in Nigeria.
3. Teslim Balogun Stadium
The Teslim Balogun Stadium was named after a Nigerian professional footballer, Teslim Balogun. The stadium was completed during the tenure of the former governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Raji Fashola. The stadium has a capacity for 25,000 people and it is used for mainly football matches. Building the stadium cost N1.3 billion. The stadium should not be confused for the Lagos National Stadium which is located opposite it.
4. U.J. Esuene Stadium
It is used as the home stadium of Calabar Rovers and formerly Dolphins F.C. The stadium was first launched on 2nd, April 1977 with a capacity for 16,000 people. It still stands out as one of Nigeria’s top football stadium.
5. Liberation Stadium
Liberation Stadium is a multi- purpose football stadium located at Elekahia area of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. It is among the best stadiums you can find in Nigeria and the home stadium for Dolphin Football Club. With a capacity for 30,000 people, Liberation stadium ranks among the top 5 stadiums in Nigeria.
Although the Abuja stadium is more expensive than the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, The Akwa-ibom stadium has viewing area and presidential suite, while its pitch/field for playing football is artificial grass which is well maintained. There is also the presence of Close Circuit Security Cameras (CCTV) installed at the stadium to monitor movement around the stadium.