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List Of Stadiums In Nigeria
Moshood Abiola National Stadium
The first on my list of stadiums in Nigeria is the Moshood Abiola National Stadium. This stadium used to be formerly known as National Stadium, Abuja, before President Muhammadu Buhari changed it on 12 June 2019. The multipurpose national sports stadium serves as a home to the Super Eagles of Nigeria, and it’s also used as a center for various social, cultural, and religious events. The stadium, which is one of the 50 most expensive stadiums in the world, was constructed by a German firm, Schlaich Bergermann & Partner for $360 million. The Abuja based stadium was opened in 2003 with a 60,491 capacity covered Main bowl and is one of the top 10 best stadiums in Nigeria.
National Stadium, Lagos
The Lagos National Stadium is located in Surulere. The major international competitions it has hosted include the 1980 African Cup of Nations final, the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship, the 2000 African Cup of Nations final, and the 1973 All-Africa Games. The stadium was first built in 1961 with an original capacity of 55,000 and reconstructed by Isaac Fola-Alade in 1972. But in 1999, the capacity was reduced to 45,000 and is still one of the largest stadiums in Nigeria. It used to be the home of the Nigeria national team until 2004 when it started experiencing dilapidation.
Jos International Stadium
The multi-use stadium in Jos, Plateau State is used mostly for football matches. The New Jos Stadium, as it is popularly referred to, was opened in 2018 with a capacity of 44,000 spectators. The artificial turf surface stadium is the home ground of Plateau United Football Club and other soccer clubs. BBC Tropical (Nig) Limited are the contractor that handled the construction of the Stadium.
Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium
This stadium is named after a former Green Eagles player who was among the squad that won the 1980 AFCON. He was also former Chairman of Sharks Football Club and a former Attorney General of Rivers State. The 38,000 capacity stadium hosted the CAF Champion league game between Rivers United and Young African from Tanzania. The multi-use stadium in Port Harcourt was opened on 19 July 2015 and serves as the home ground to Rivers United FC.
Muhammadu Dikko Stadium
The stadium was originally named Karkanda Stadium when it was opened in 2013. Though Monimichelle Sports Facility Construction Ltd started construction on the stadium in the early 1990s during the military Governorship of John Madaki, the project was however completed by Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema. And then by 2016, the stadium was renamed after Katsina’s 20th Century Emir Muhammadu Dikko. The 35,000 capacity stadium is home to Katsina United FC.
MKO Abiola Stadium
The 35,000 capacity multi-use stadium is named after the popular businessman, publisher, politician and aristocrat, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola. The stadium is located in Abeokuta and is used mostly for football matches. It is the home stadium of Gateway Football Club.
Jalingo City Stadium
Jolly Nyame stadium Jalingo is located along Jalingo–Yola road, before Mile six. The multi-use stadium was built in 2002 and has 30,000 capacity. It is Taraba Football Club’s home ground as it is used mostly for football matches.
The Rivers State Government renamed this Port Harcourt based stadium Yakubu Gowon Stadium in 2015 in honour of the former military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon. The 30,000 capacity stadium serves as the home ground for Nigeria Premier League side, Dolphins FC, now Rivers United F.C. It has also hosted matches involving the various national teams including the Nigerian Super Eagles.
Godswill Akpabio International Stadium
It used to be known as Akwa Ibom International Stadium until May 29, 2015, when Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel renamed it immediately after his inauguration ceremony. It serves as a home to the Nigerian Super Eagles and is also been used as a center for various social, cultural, and religious events. Julius Berger modelled the 30,000 seater ultra-modern multipurpose sports complex after Allianz Arena. The stadium was opened on November 7, 2014, and is arguably the most beautiful stadium in Nigeria.
Enyimba International Stadium
Enyimba Stadium is the home stadium of the famous Enyimba Football Club of Aba; the most successful football club in Aba. Following the renovation in 2018, the stadium now has a 16,000 capacity. The multi-use stadium is easy to access from the Famous Newmarket (Aka Ahia Ohuru). In short, you can access the stadium from any part of the illustrious city of Aba.
Obafemi Awolowo Stadium
Formerly Liberty Stadium, the 25,000 capacity stadium was opened in 1960 during the tenure of former Premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. And it was named Liberty Stadium in honor of Nigeria’s independence in the same year. The Stadium is located at Liberty Road, Ring Road in Ibadan, Oyo State. The stadium hosted the 1980 AFCON semi-final between Algeria and Egypt and some other matches during that tournament. It also hosted all of the Group C matches, one of the Round of 16 matches, and one of the quarter-final matches during the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship hosted by Nigeria. It also hosted the first-ever boxing world title fight in Africa between Nigeria’s own Dick Tiger and Gene Fullmer of the US.
Sani Abacha Stadium
The 16,000 capacity stadium has hosted several international competitions including the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship, the 2000 AFCON and the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) club, Kano Pillars, have their home games played at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano. The stadium which was named after the late former military dictator, Sani Abacha, was opened in 1998.
Teslim Balogun Stadium
It is one of the major stadiums in Lagos and is located directly opposite the Lagos National Stadium in Surulere. The 24,325 capacity stadium, which is named after former professional footballer Teslim Balogun, is First Bank Football Club’s home ground. Formerly military governor Gbolahan Mudasiru started the construction of the stadium in 1984. It took 23 years – 2007 to be precise – before the project was completed at the cost of ₦1.3 billion. The 18th Mobil Track and Field Athletics Championship was the first event the stadium hosted, while the international friendly between Enyimba and Asante Kotoko was the first football match. Nigerian Architect O.C. Majoroh of Majoroh Partnership designed the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) were the original owner of this stadium and used to be their sports ground as far back as 1959. The then Eastern Nigeria Government took over the management of the Enugu stadium and made it better. The Nigeria/Biafra war came and brought with it destruction but the stadium was refurbished after the civil war. The 22,000 capacity stadium, which previously had natural grass, now has artificial turf and a new video matrix scoreboard to give the stadium a more modern and technologically driven edifice. The multi-purpose stadium is the home base of Rangers International of Enugu.
Stephen Keshi Stadium
Formerly known as Asaba township stadium, it was renamed after Nigeria’s football legend, Stephen Keshi, who made history by winning the African Nations Cup both as a player and as a coach. The 22,000 capacity all covered stadium was commissioned in 2018 and hosted that year’s African Championships in Athletics.
The Gateway International Stadium in 2011 was renamed after an assassinated political candidate in Ogun State, Otunba Dipo Dina and is now known as Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium. The multi-use 20,000 capacity stadium is located in Ijebu-Ode and serves as the home ground for FC Ebedei. Notable football competitions hosted at this stadium include the 1998 African Women’s Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Aper Aku Stadium
The multi-use stadium was initiated by the Second Republic governor of Benue State, Aper Aku. The pitch, which is of 100% Natural Geo Technology, was constructed by Monimichelle Sports Facility Construction Ltd. Lobi Stars F.C. are the main occupants of the 15,000 capacity Makurdi base stadium.
Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium
The multi-use stadium used to be known as Ogbe Stadium but was later renamed after Dr Samuel Ogbemudia, a two-time Governor of the old Bendel State. The 12,000 capacity stadium is where Bendel Insurance FC and Edo Queens FC. host their home matches. The stadium boasts a new FIFA approved turf playing pitch and has hosted a number of senior international games.
Warri Township Stadium
The 1st African Youth Athletics Championships was hosted at this multi-purpose stadium in 2013 with International standard track and field facilities deployed, as well as first of its kind Timetronics Electronic Distance Measurement system. The 20,000 capacity stadium is located in Warri on Cemetery Road and used to be the home ground of former Warri Wolves F.C. which have now been moved to Lagos after they were promoted to the Nigerian Premier League in 2003.
Kwara State Stadium
The multi-use stadium in Ilorin is located on Stadium road, off Ibrahim Taiwo road and boast a capacity of 26,000. Players of Kwara United and Bukola Babes Football Clubs, as well as Students of the State’s Football Academy, are the major users of the stadium.
Ahmadu Bello Stadium
Another of the stadiums in Nigeria is Ahmadu Bello Stadium (ABS). ABS is located in Kaduna city and was designed by Jane Drew and Maxwell Fry in 1965. The 16,000 capacity multipurpose stadium has played host to notable football events like the 1998 African Women’s Championship, the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The Sapele Township Stadium is one of the stadiums in Nigeria that was finally completed in 2013 after years of delays. The 16,000 capacity multi-use stadium is where Bayelsa United F.C. use as their temporary home ground for the Nigeria National League games.
U. J. Esuene Stadium
The 16,000 capacity stadium boast an ultra-modern electronic video-matrix scoreboard, with impressive floodlights. The Calabar based stadium, which was opened in 1977, hosted an international encounter between Enugu Rangers and Tonnerre Yaoundé – a game that featured the likes of Roger Milla, Christian Chukwu and Emmanuel Okala. Games at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship, the 2003 All-Africa Games and the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup were all played at the U. J. Esuene Stadium. Calabar Rovers F.C. are the major occupants of the facility.
The multi-use stadium located in Hadejia, Jigawa State, is the home stadium of the Jigawa Golden Stars Football Club. The stadium boasts a 15,000 capacity.
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium
Wikki Tourists F.C. use this 11,000 capacity stadium for their games. The stadium, which boasts a world-class FIFA standard scoreboard, LED display and energy-saving floodlights, electronic scoreboard, Close-Circuit Television (CCTV), and an ultra-modern media centre, was opened in 1985. It was named after Nigeria’s first prime minister, Tafawa Balewa and was used to host the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup and the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship.
Rwang Pam Stadium
The multi-use stadium is one of the stadiums in Nigeria and is the home stadium of Jos teams Plateau UnitedB, Pepsi F.A. and Mighty Jets Football Club. The Jos based stadium has a capacity of 15,000 spectators.
Ikpeazu Memorial Stadium
The Chuba Ikpeazu Memorial Stadium was built in 2009 and has a 5,000 capacity. The stadium is located in Onitsha and houses Anambra Pillars Football Club and Anambra United Football Club.
The 12,000 capacity multi-use stadium is located in the Pantami district of Gombe and was opened in 2010. Even though State ceremonial events of many kinds, such as religious, political and social events are hosted in the stadium, it is the official home stadium of Gombe United F.C.
The 12,000 capacity stadium is located at Idogo Road in Ilaro. The multi-use stadium was built in 2008 and is the home ground for Gateway Football Club.
Abubakar Umar Memorial Stadium
The Gombe State government plans to replace the multi-use stadium with a 3 billion Naira new modern stadium soon. The 10,000 capacity stadium is currently used mostly for football matches and it used to be the home stadium of Gombe United Football Club.
Akure Township Stadium
The multi-use stadium is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Sunshine Stars F.C. of the Nigerian Premier League. The stadium has a capacity of 3,000 spectators.
Dan Anyiam Stadium
As one of the stadiums in Nigeria, this stadium is located in the centre of Owerri, the capital of Imo State and is named after Daniel Anyiam, former vice-captain of the Super Eagles. The 10,000 capacity stadium was constructed by Vast International Company Limited and is the home stadium of Heartland Football Club.
The multi-use stadium in Maiduguri was named after the Kanem-Borno Empire ruler, Muhammad al-Amin al-Kanemi. The 10,000 capacity stadium is mostly used for football matches and is the home stadium of El-Kanemi Warriors Football Club.
Lekan Salami Stadium
The Adamasingba Stadium, which is located in Ibadan, was built in 1988 on 130,000 square meters of land, formerly occupied by the Ibadan racecourse. The stadium was named Lekan Salami Stadium in 1998 in honour of Chief Lekan Salami by the Oyo State Military Governor Hammed Usman. The 10,000 capacity stadium is the home stadium of the Shooting Stars Football Club and other local teams in Ibadan.
The Osogbo Township Stadium is one of the stadiums in Nigeria and is used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Prime Football Club and Ila Orangun Football Club. The multi-use stadium has a capacity of 10,000 people.
Ranchers Bees Stadium
The stadium is also known as Kaduna Township Stadium. The multi-purpose arena is used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Ranchers Bees Football Club (aka Aruwa Boys), Kada City FC, and Kaduna United Football Club. The stadium has a capacity of 5,000 people.
The multi-use stadium in Port Harcourt is part of the Alfred Diete-Spiff Rivers State sports complex and is used mostly for football matches. It is the home stadium of Sharks Football Club and has a capacity of 5,000 people.
Zaria Township Stadium
The multi-use stadium in the Samaru neighbourhood of Zaria is used mostly for football matches and is Kaduna United Football Club’s temporary home. The stadium has the capacity to hold 10,000 people.
Kano Pillars Stadium
Pillars Stadium was the temporary home of El-Kanemi Warriors after their home of Maiduguri was deemed unsafe for matches in 2014. The multi-purpose stadium is situated in the Sabon Gari area of Kano, at the intersection of Abuja Road and Airport Road. The 10,000 capacity stadium is used mostly for football matches and it is one of the two stadiums used by Kano Pillars FC. Sani Abacha Stadium is the other.
Jay Jay Okocha Stadium
Formerly Ogwashi-Uku Stadium before being renamed after former Super Eagles captain Jay-Jay Okocha in June 2008 by the Delta State government, the Jay Jay Okocha Stadium has a capacity of 8,000 people. The stadium is located in Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South, and is used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Delta Force Football Club. The Jay Jay Okocha arena was used in hosting matches for the 2008 WAFU U-20 Championship which was eventually won by Ghana.
Katsina Township Stadium
The multi-use stadium is mostly used for football matches and is one of the attraction hubs of Katsina, hosting a number of high profile matches and socio-political events. It is the home stadium of Spotlight Football Club in the Nigeria National League and has a seating capacity for about 5,000 people. Katsina Township Stadium is situated near Korau Cinema, and close to Kayalwa Primary School.
Lafia Township Stadium
Lafia Township Stadium is located in the heart of Lafia City, along Jos-Makurdi Road, overlooking a shopping plaza, Nasarawa State, central Nigeria. The multi-use is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Nasarawa United Football Club. The stadium has a capacity of 10,000 people.
Minna Township Stadium
Also known as Bako Kontagora Stadium, it is used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Niger Tornadoes. The stadium has a capacity of 5,000 to 7,000 people. There are plans by the Niger State government to expand the stadium to 30,000 capacity.
Oghara Township Stadium
The multi-use stadium Oghara in Bayelsa State is used mostly for football matches and hosted some of the final tournaments for the 2006 Women’s African Football Championship. The stadium has a capacity of 8,000 people and served as the temporary homes of Bayelsa teams Ocean Boys Football Club and Bayelsa United Football Club.
Old Parade Ground
Old Parade Ground is a stadium built in the early 1980s in the Garki District of Abuja. It is used mostly for football matches and hosts rallies and concerts. It is the home stadium of various teams in the Federal Capital Territory, including Abuja Football Club and the Court of Appeal. The stadium has a capacity of about 5,000.
The Onikan Stadium, AKA Mobolaji Johnson Arena, is the oldest stadium in Nigeria. It was Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who renamed the multi-purpose stadium in 2019. The multi-purpose stadium is used for football matches and it is the home stadium of various Lagos teams, most notably Ikorodu United F.C., Stationery Stores F.C., First Bank and Julius Berger FC. The 10,000 capacity stadium was built in 1930 and six years later named after King George V. Between 1963 and 1973, it became known as the Lagos City Stadium. The current Onikan Stadium was renovated and reopened for football and cultural activities in the 1980s.
Oyo Township Stadium
Also known as Durbar Stadium, the mini-stadium was recently upgraded and renovated to have a capacity of 5,000 people. The stadium is located along Old Oyo – Ogbomoso Road, Oyo State, Nigeria.
Sardauna Memorial Stadium
The multi-use stadium in Gusau, Zamfara State, is used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Zamfara United Football Club in the Nigerian Premier League. The stadium has a capacity of 5,000 people.
Ughelli Township Stadium
The Ughelli based stadium is currently used mostly for football matches and is the temporary home stadium of Ocean Boys Football Club. The stadium has a capacity of 5,000 people and was built in 2002. It hosted matches for the 2006 Women’s African Football Championship and for the 2008 WAFU U-20 Championship.
Umuahia Township Stadium
The stadium is the home ground of Abia Warriors Football Club in the Nigeria Premier League. Abia Comets Football Club also play their home matches on the pitch. The capacity of the stadium is 5,000.
Uyo Township Stadium
The multi-use stadium, which is located in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, is used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Akwa United Football Club in the Nigerian Premier League. It is also a center for social, cultural, political rallies, and religious events. The stadium is located close to a major market in Uyo City, called Akpan Andem Market. The stadium has a capacity of 5,000 people.
Yenagoa Township Stadium
It was known as the Yenagoa Township Stadium until it was rededicated in 2009 and named after former Super Eagles legend, Samson Siasia. The multi-use stadium is located in the Yenagoa metropolis and is used mostly for football matches. It is the home stadium of both Ocean Boys FC and Bayelsa United Football Club. The stadium has a capacity of 5,000 people. The Samson Siasia stadium is the first environmentally friendly astroturf pitch in Africa built by Monimichelle Sports Facility Construction and Development Ltd.
The multi-purpose stadium in Lagos has a seating capacity of 4,000. It is the home ground of MFM Football Club, Nigeria women’s national under-17 football team and DreamStar Football Club. Ladies.
The 3,000-capacity multi-use stadium in Nnewi is adjacent to the Beverly Hills Hotel. It is the home stadium of Gabros International F.C. and was the temporary home of Anambra United F.C. The Gabros Football Club and its Stadium was later sold to Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah by Chief Gabriel Chukwuma. However, Chief Gabriel Chukwuma insisted that no such sale took place. He also claims that Ubah only paid for the football club and not for the stadium as a different entity.
Those are all the 54 stadiums in Nigeria with their capacities and the year they were opened or commissioned. If you know any standard stadiums in Nigeria that should be on this list of stadiums in Nigeria, kindly indicate them in the comment box.