Nigeria is known for its enthusiasm towards sports especially football and many sport lovers in the country are eager to know the largest stadiums in Nigeria. After my findings, I found out that Nigeria has many standard stadiums for professional matches.
Akwa Ibom International Stadium
The Akwa Ibom International stadium is undoubtedly the most unique stadium in Nigeria, this stadium has the ability to capture your attention with its breathtaking structure. The stadium was constructed by Julius Berger Construction company during the tenure of Gov. Godswill Akpabio in 2012 but was launched in 2014.
The Akwa Ibom International Stadium has a sitting capacity of 30,000 and is used for different purposes ranging from sports, cultural and social activities. It is estimated to worth $250 million.
Abuja National Stadium
The Abuja National Stadium is the biggest stadium in Nigeria with 60,491 sitting capacity, the stadium is located in the federal capital territory hence it is given much attention from the maintenance to hosting of international matches, the Abuja National Stadium is a home to the Nigeria national football.
It was launched in the year 2000 and it hosted the “All African Games”.
Fully equipped medical centers has been provided, it also has two electronic score board to keep watch of the scores while watching the game.
Teslim Balogun Stadium
The Teslim Balogun Stadium has made it to the list of largest stadium in Nigeria. The Stadium is located in Lagos Nigeria, one of the most busy state in Nigeria.
It was named after a professional football player; Teslim Balogun during the regime of the former governor of Lagos State Babatunde Fashola.
The Teslim Balogun Stadium isn’t vastly used for different purposes because it is limited to only football matches. The stadium has a sitting capacity of 25,000.
The estimated amount used in building the stadium is said to be about N1.3 billion.
U.J Esuene Stadium
The U.J Esuene Stadium has stand the test of time, it is one of the oldest stadia in Nigeria. Launched in 2nd, April 1977, the stadium has standout because of the numerous professional games played in it, it has a 16,000 sitting capacity and It also has an ultra modern OBS media center.
Liberation Stadium Port Harcourt
The Liberation stadium is located In River State in the city of Port Harcourt, it is a multipurpose stadia.
It is one of the best stadium in Nigeria and home to Dolphin FC in with a sitting capacity of 30,000. Artificial grasses are fixed on the pitch to enhance the comfort and beauty of the stadium. The stadia has hosted many professional tournaments including the FIFA U17 world cup tournament in 2009 and CAF champions league in 2010. It has an electronic score board and a crowd control unit, it also has a fully equipped media center.
Enyimba International Stadium
The Enyimba International Stadium was formerly known as the Township stadium and was later renamed in honour of Enyimba FC after the won the CAF champions league in 2002. Since then it has become the official stadium of this prestigious football club.
The Enyimba International Stadium can contain 25,000 people with a VIP viewing area and a 1,500 car park capacity. It has an electronic score board and well maintained grass turf.
It has hosted ever hosted the CAF champions league finals.
Obafemi Awolowo Stadium
I’d be making a mistake if I don’t include the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in the list of biggest Stadiums In Nigeria.
The Obafemi Awolowo Stadium is the first stadia in Nigeria. It was launched in September 1960, it was formerly known as the Liberty stadium but was later renamed to Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in November 2010.
The stadium posses floodlights and an electronic scoreboard.
The Obafemi Awolowo Stadium has about 25,000 sitting capacity, it has a table tennis, volleyball, handball, hockey and basketball courts. The stadium permits numerous activities ranging from sports, cultural and social activities.
Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium
Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium is a multipurpose stadium located in Enugu state Nigeria.
It is one of the most popular stadium in Nigeria.
Launched in 1959, it is the official stadium of Rangers International FC. It is a multipurpose stadium hence it has hosted a lot of events ranging from social, religious and political activities.
The Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium has about 22,000 sitting capacity and a VIP viewing area, it also has a standard running track and a basketball court.
The Abacha stadium is one of the best stadium in Nigeria, it is located in Kano state.
The Abacha stadium was launched in 1982 and has hosted numerous competitions which includes the FIFA U17 world Cup in 2009.
The stadium was named after Gen. Sani Abacha, the former head of state.
The stadium has about 18,000 sitting capacity, it is also a home to Kano Pillars FC. It has a digital score board, OBS media center, a well maintained turf and four major exit.
Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium
The Otunba Dipo Dina stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Ijebu-ode, it was formerly called the gateway stadium before it was renamed in 2011. It is the official stadium to FC Ebedei, the stadium has hosted numerous professional matches and social/political events.
The Otunba Dipo Dina international stadium has about 22,000 sitting capacity and an electronic scoreboard.
I am sure you now know the largest stadiums in Nigeria after reading this post. Please drop your thoughts in the comment box below.