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By JEROME MICHAEL EBRUPHIYO/Sport/Friday, July 30, 2021

List Of The Top 10 Best Stadium In Nigeria 2021

                              
                            
Hi there! Today is for the football fans and lovers of sport in Nigeria. As it stands now, Football is the best sport so far for average Nigerian and had always fascinated the entire world as well. Several world-class tournaments and competitions like Africa youth championship cup, under 17 and 20 world cup tournament, and the All African games has drawn massive attention of most young and old Nigerian to football or soccer sport. With the upcoming local leagues within the country, Nigeria is making great moves to secure a remarkable position in the world of sport like other developed countries. It will interest you to know that football brings peace, unity, joy and harmony within the citizens of Nigeria irrespective of insecurity and economic meltdown of the Nation. That notwithstanding, this article will provide the list of the top 10 best stadium in Nigeria 2021, the Nigerian stadium with the largest capacity, the most expensive Nigerian stadium, the most popular Nigerian stadium as well as the most beautiful Nigeria stadium.

1. Akwa Ibom International Stadium


Akwa Ibom International Stadium
The first on our list today is the Akwa Ibom International Stadium. The contract estimated cost of around $250 million was given to Julius Berger Construction Company, who acts as the contractor that constructed the international stadium in the year 2012 under the regime of Governor Godswill Akpabio and was completed and delivered in 2014. This stadium design was constructed to look like the Allianz Arena in Germany. The international stadium has a 30,000-seater capacity and it is a multi-purpose stadium that is not only used for sport but also for non-sports activities such as cultural and social activities.

2. Abuja National Stadium


Abuja National Stadium
The next on our list is the Abuja National stadium. This is Nigeria’s national stadium with a capacity of 60,491 seater. It cost the government about $360 million in constructing the Abuja National stadium making it to be the most expensive stadium ever in the history of Nigeria.The stadium is used as a home playing ground for the super eagles, flying eagles, golden eagles, and other National Football teams of the country. It is presently the largest stadium in Nigeria and best when considering the size. This stadium is used for the world’s greatest sporting events and tournaments, of which in 2003, hosted the 8th All Africa games.

3. Teslim Balogun Stadium In Lagos


Teslim Balogun Stadium In Lagos
The 25,000 spectator’s capacity stadium was constructed, completed, and delivered during Babatunde Raji Fashola’s regime as the governor of Lagos state. The Nigerian professional footballer, Teslim Balogun was honored by naming the Lagos state stadium after him. The stadium is not a multi-purpose type, it is constructed and used mainly only for a single sports activity which is a football match only. The cost of construction of the stadium was said to be about N1.3 billion. The Teslim Balogun Stadium is different from the Lagos State National stadium although they are opposite each other.

4. U. J. Esuene Stadium In Calabar


U. J. Esuene Stadium In Calabar
U.J. Esuene stadium serves as the home playing stadium of Calabar Rovers, previously known as Dolphins F.C. The Calabar stadium was commissioned first on 2nd, April 1977 with a capacity for just 16,000 spectators, it is still singled out as one of the best football stadia in Nigeria.

5. Liberation Stadium In Port Harcourt


Liberation Stadium In Port Harcourt
The next on our list is the Liberation Stadium. It is located at Elekhia part of Port Harcourt designed to be a multi-purpose football stadium and has been rated amongst Nigeria’s best stadiums. The liberation stadium is used as a home playing ground for the Dolphin football club with the stadium having about 30,000 spectators capacity. There is also the presence of Close Circuit Security Cameras (CCTV) installed at the stadium to monitor movement around the stadium is vividly monitored too to avoid unsecured occurrences with the installation of closed-circuit security cameras (CCTV) all over the stadium, making the stadium comparable to other international standard stadium across the world.

6. Enyimba International Stadium


Enyimba International Stadium
The sixth on our list is the Aba township stadium which was renamed in 2002 as Enyimba International Stadium in honor of the club when they triumph in the 2002 CAF champions league and was inaugurated in year 1992. The stadium with a capacity of 25,000 spectators with special VIP viewing portion has once hosted the finals of CAF Champion league. The pitch is made up of grass turf that is well maintained alongside floodlights and an electronic scoreboard installed in the stadium. A well-equipped medical arena and sufficient and standby medical facility such as ambulances with qualified attained personnel available on the ground. Crowd control is not a problem with the stadium having six main(wide) exits with a well-organized car park consisting of 1500 parking spaces. Security personnel are always available from time to time, tentatively at alert, and are of usual on guard with metal detecting devices. The media center is well equipped with the latest media facilities and equipment, whereby all events happening in the stadium are been captured and recorded for future use.

7. Obafemi Awolowo Stadium In Ibadan


Obafemi Awolowo Stadium In Ibadan
This stadium was formerly known as Liberty stadium but was renamed by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010 was commissioned in 1960. The 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship was hosted in the stadium. However, the stadium is not the home ground for the state’s Shooting Stars FC (3SC), the club prefers to play their home games in the Adamasingba stadium but occasionally decides to some of their games in the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium with a capacity of not more than 35,000 spectators with a designated portion for VIP viewing. The field is covered with well-maintained grass turf and also has a digital scoreboard at a safe and best place where all spectators can view it. Present in the medical clinic is two standby ambulances with quality facilities and equipment. The capacity of its public park is 7000with six (6) exit doors. Police and other security agencies are always on guard, more so, considering the media center facilities and equipment, they are standard and FIFA graded since the stadium has hosted the crucial world-class tournament.

8. Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium In Enugu


Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium In Enugu
The next on our list is the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium inaugurated in 1959, upgraded and refurbished in 1986. It was once in time owned by Nigeria Railway Corporation, but upgraded in 1986. The 1999 FIFA U20 world championship was hosted in the stadium, it is now the home playground for the Rangers are international FC of Enugu, with a capacity which can contain 22,00 spectators with VIP viewing arena inclusive. The field is covered with artificial turf with well-installed floodlights and a matrix scoreboard at the appropriate position in the stadia. Coming to the aspect of medical facility and crowd control, the former is a challenge to this Stadium while the latter is not, having eight wide exits where spectators could find their route in the just 30inutes time frame. The whole stadium is secured with CCTV cameras and private security with a nice outfit always on guard and deeply vigilant. It possesses an OBS department well equipped with outstanding facilities.

9. Abacha Stadium In Kano


Abacha Stadium In Kano
The Abacha International Stadium situated in Kano state was commissioned in the year 1982 and has hosted the 2009 FIFA U17 World cup tournament. The Stadium is recently the home playground of Kano Pillars FC, with a capacity that can contain 18,000 spectators with a VIP viewing area inclusive. The pitch is covered with a well-maintained grass turf with a well-situated scoreboard on the pitch. Two ambulances are available in hand with a nearby medical center and four major exits for spectators and steel fencing coming with police on guard during and after the match guarantees maximum security. It also has an OBS media center where various media operations are carried out.

10. Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium In Benin City


Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium In Benin City
The Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium is located in Benin city and has a capacity that can permit 30,000 spectators. The field is made up of artificial grass turf and has a lot of amenities such as the scoreboard, the medical and security team and facilities, and the exits for the control of the crowd amongst others. The scoreboard is installed in the right place on the pitch, had one functioning ambulance with a concentrated security guard always at their duty post to avoid unbearable news. The Stadium had seven gigantic exits and a spacious car park area. It’s a media center that also possesses some good facilities and equipment too. The roof of the stadium is half covered.

Conclusion

Having listed all the top 10 best stadium in Nigeria, we would like to hear from you which of the stadium you think is the best stadium in Nigeria, the most expensive stadium and the largest stadium with the highest seating capacity.
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