It’s a well-known fact that football games are prominent. In basically every state in Nigeria, there exists no less than one football match that everybody will gather around to watch. What’s more, where do individuals go to watch those games? In stadiums. In the most recent couple of years, the size of these stadiums has expanded monstrously as have the sacred Nigerians have for the soccer sport. So now that it’s 2021, will like to use this opportunity to investigate the top 10 largest stadiums in Nigeria.
Top 10 Largest Stadiums In Nigeria.
Below you will find the top ten largest and biggest stadiums in Nigeria. Not only that as we will further discuss the features of these stadiums, their sizes and capacities of fans it can contain.
1. Moshood Abiola National Stadium –capacity -60,491
Moshood Abiola National Stadium (formerly known as National Stadium, Abuja) is Nigeria’s digest stadium. It is located in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. The stadium serves as a home to the Nigerian national football team, as well as a centre for various social, cultural, and religious events.
The Federal Government of Nigeria approved the contract for the construction of the National Stadium on 18 July 2000. The stadium was constructed to host the 8th All Africa Games which occurred in October 2003. About 12 June 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari declared the change of the title of the National Stadium, Abuja into Moshood Abiola National Stadium. President Buhari made this pronouncement during his speech in the Democracy Day celebration on Wednesday at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
2. Lagos National stadium — 45000
The Lagos National Stadium is an interesting stadium in Surulere, Lagos State, Nigeria. It comprises an Olympic-size swimming arena and an arena used for basketball, volleyball, table tennis, boxing and wrestling matches. It was used mostly for football games until 2001. It hosted numerous international competitions including the 1980 African Cup of Nations final, the 2000 African Cup of Nations final, and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. It also functioned as the primary stadium for the 1973 All-Africa Games. It was closed and left in the calendar year 2004.
When the stadium was built in 1972, it had a capacity of 55,000. The capacity was reduced to 45,000 in 1999. The record attendance is 85,000 and was taken in the final game of the African Cup of Nations in 1980 between Nigeria and Algeria.
3. Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium -38000
Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium is the third-largest stadium in Nigeria. This multi-use stadium in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, has a capacity of 38,000 people. It opened on 19 July 2015 with a match between Nigeria and Congo in a qualifier for the Rio Olympics which ended with a 2-1 scoreline success over Congo.
After that month, Nigerian Premier League squad Dolphins announced they will play the remainder of the 2015 year from the stadium.
From January 25 to 27 2020, the stadium was used for a 3-day occasion labelled, Higher Life Conference with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. It was filled to capacity and tens of thousands of people sat on the pitch for this Function.
4. Muhammadu Dikko stadium- 35000
This wonderful stadium is owned and maintained by the Katsina State Government. it is one of the largest stadiums in Nigeria. Construction started in the early 1990s, during the military Governorship of John Madaki, but was later abandoned. The project was resurrected and completed by Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema and was opened in 2013 as Karkanda Stadium. In 2016, it was renamed after Katsina’s 20th Century Emir Muhammadu Dikko.
5. Yakubu Gowon stadium – 30000
Yakubu Gowon Stadium (formerly Liberation Stadium) is a Gorgeous stadium in the Elekahia suburb of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. It’s currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Rivers United F.C. formerly Dolphins F.C. The stadium has a capacity of 16,000 individuals. In 2015, it was renamed in honour of the former military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon.
6. Godswill Akpabio international stadium — 30000
The Godswill Akpabio International Stadium (formerly Akwa Ibom International Stadium) is an all-seater national sports stadium located in Uyo, the country capital of Akwa Ibom. The stadium serves as a home to the Nigerian Super Eagles as well as a centre for various cultural, social, and religious occasions. The arrangement for the construction of the Akwa Ibom International Stadium complex and Games Village was awarded in 2012 to Julius Berger and has been finished in 2014. The 30,000 seater multipurpose sports complex was modelled after Allianz Arena.
Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel renamed Akwa Ibom Stadium as Godswill Obot Akpabio International The stadium, immediately following his inauguration ceremony on May 29, 2015, in the stadium. Godswill Akpabio was the immediate past governor of the nation.
7. Obafemi Awolowo stadium- 25000
The Obafemi Awolowo Stadium is one of the largest stadiums in Nigeria. it is situated at Liberty Road, Ring Road at Ibadan, Nigeria and was named the Liberty Stadium before 2010. It’s a football stadium with a capacity of 25,000 seats
The stadium was opened in 1960 through the tenure of Chief Obafemi Awolowo that had been serving as the Premier of the Western Region at the time. It was called Liberty Stadium in honour of Nigeria’s independence. Constructed by labour under the supervision of the regional Ministry of Works and Transport, the stadium was the place of sports in the Western region of Nigeria. It was sited in The southern end of Ibadan in 1960 close to the summit of a hill, and located close to a bypass that contributes to the Ibadan-Abeokuta and Ibadan-Lagos roads.
The stadium, at inception, aside from football pitch in the main bowl with floodlights boasted the sports halls, swimming pool, courts for tennis, volleyball, handball, basketball, hockey, etc
8. Enyimba Global stadium- 16000
The Enyimba International The stadium is a multi-use stadium in Aba, Nigeria. It is currently used mostly for football games. It serves as a home floor of Enyimba International F.C. The stadium holds 16,000 individuals after the installation of chairs. On November 3, 2008, the stadium acquired a temporary ban following the house audience attacked referees after a heated 1-1 tie with rivals Heartland F.C.
Enyimba FC was founded in 1976 and they won the top-flight football league of Nigeria and the Nigerian cup championship times. Enyimba, so Peoples’ Elephant, brought numerous home attendances over the present capacity of 16,000 of the Enyimba International Stadium. They won the CAF Champions League in 2003 for the first time in their history after beating the Egyptian side Ismaily in the final. One year later, Enyimba won the African championship for football clubs. They became the first Nigerian football club with a championship name.
9. Sani Abacha stadium – 16000
The stadium, which is located in northern Nigeria, opened with a capacity of 16,000. The Kano Pillars are the tenants of the venue. They were founded in 1990. The Kano Pillars, one of the major sports clubs from Nigeria, won the Nigerian top-flight football league in 2008 for the first time in their history. In the 2016–17 season, the Kano Pillars drew an average home attendance for national league games of 10,000, the highest in the Nigerian league.
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10. Jay Jay Okacha stadium- 8000
Jay Jay Okocha Stadium is a stadium in Ogwashi-Uku, Anioma, Nigeria named after former Super Eagles captain Jay-Jay Okocha. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Delta Force F.C. Renamed after Okocha in June 2008, the stadium has a capacity of 8,000 people and hosted matches for the 2008 WAFU U-20 Championship won by Ghana.