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Title: Top 10 FIFA Standard Stadiums in Nigeria – Updated Version
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New stadium are built, while older ones dilapidated and what use to be a magnificent stadium, may no longer make it as one of the to...


New stadium are built, while older ones dilapidated and what use to be a magnificent stadium, may no longer make it as one of the top ten stadiums in Nigeria. As the book title: “The beautiful ones are yet to be born.” This is the reason FIFA technical committee would always have to re-assess stadiums to certify their present condition fit to host any FIFA tournament.

We should have felt happier, but we feel a little bit guilty as more and more visitors troop to our blog to read: “FIFA Standard Rating: 10 Most Beautiful Stadiums in Nigeria” – that article was published since 2011.

Though, it has been our longest traffic generating post till date. But some of the stadiums rated then, may no longer qualify as today’s most beautiful stadiums in Nigeria. I guess we would have to up date this article at least once in every two years. Some brand new ultra modern stadiums have been built, while others upgraded to top notch in several states of the federation.

We present to you in descending order, the updated version of Top 10 FIFA Standard Stadiums in Nigeria

10. Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano: Opened 1982 and has hosted FIFA U17 World tournament 2009; now home of Kano Pillars FC.


 Capacity:  18, 000 people (All seater) with VIP viewing area
Field: Well maintained grass turf with digital scoreboard
Medical Facility:  it has two ambulances and a close by medical center
Crowd Control: It has four major exit and steel fencing
Security:  Police on guard during match
Media Facility:  It has OBS media center.




9.  $2.5 billion Upgrade Lokoja Confluence Stadium Kogi: Upgraded in 2008 to meet FIFA Standard to host major tournament, considering it proximity to Abuja National stadium.



Capacity: 22, 000 people all seater with VIP, semi cover stand and popular side
Field: Well maintained grass turf with digital scoreboard and flood lights
Medical Facility: Full equipped stadium hospital, full operations 24/7; Ambulance and special heart resuscitation center.
Crowd Control: It has six exits and perimeter fencing
Security: Police on guard during match.
Media Facility: It has world class media center, free Wi-Fi and live transmission facilities.




8. $1.3 Billion Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos:  Opened 2007 and named after the famous professional footballer from Lagos “Thunder Balogun.” The stadium has hosted FIFA U17 World tournament 2009 and FA cup finals 2011. Now home of First Bank FC.




     Capacity: 24, 325 with FIFA grade seats (All Seater).
Field: Artificial turf with digital scoreboard
Medical Facility: Has a medical clinic and two ambulances on standby
Crowd Control:  It has four exits that lead to the major road
Security:  It has CCTV cameras and private security working with Police.
Media Facility: Very good OBS equipment and media center






7. UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar:  Opened 1977 as a 25, 000 capacity stadium, but was in 1999 reduced to 18, 000 capacity to meet FIFA standard. It has hosted FIFA graded games more than any stadium in Nigeria; now home of Calabar Rovers FC.





 Field: Well maintained grass turf with ultra modern video matrix scoreboard and floodlights.
Medical Facility:
Crowd Control: Has four exits and steel perimeter fencing.
Security:
Media Facility: It has ultra modern OBS media center.






6. Enyimba International Stadium Aba:  Opened 1992, formerly called Aba township stadium, but was renamed in 2002 as an honor to the club when they won CAF champions League in 2002. The stadium has hosted CAF Champion league finals.



Capacity: 25, 000 people with VIP viewing area.
Field: Well maintained grass turf, an electronic scoreboard and floodlights
Medical Facility: The stadium has a standby medical personnel trained for emergencies and two ambulances.
Crowd Control: It has six exits and 1, 500 capacity car park.
Security:  Police are always on guard with me







5. Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan:  Opened 1960 and formerly called Liberty stadium, but renamed in 2010 by President Good luck Jonathan. The stadium host FIFA world Youth Championship 1999. Sometimes, Shooting Stars FC (3SC) play their game in the stadium, but are more at home in Adamasingba stadium.



Capacity: 35, 000 people with VIP viewing area
Field: Well maintained grass turf and a digital scoreboard
Medical Facility: It has medical clinic and two Ambulance on standby
Crowd Control: The stadium has six exits and 7000 capacity Public park
Security: Police are on guard always
Media Facility:  FIFA grade Media center and equipment.




4. Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu: Opened 1959 and previously owned by Nigeria Railway Corporation, but upgraded in 1986. The stadium has host FIFA U20 world championship 1999. Now, It is home of Rangers International FC



Capacity: 22, 000 people with a VIP viewing area
Field:  Artificial Turf with video matrix scoreboard and floodlights.
Medical Facility:
Crowd Control:  It has eight exits and spectators could all disperse under 30 minutes
Security: It has private security outfit on guard all the time and CCTV
Media Facility:  Well equipped OBS media center




3. Adoke Amasiamaka Stadium, Port Harcourt: upgraded 2014. It has hosted FIFA U17 world tournament 2009 and CAF champions League 2010; when it was still liberation stadium.


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Capacity: 35, 000 all seater and a VIP viewing area.
Field: Well maintained grass turf, electronic scoreboard and floodlights
Medical Facility: It has two Ambulances and a medical clinic
Crowd Control: The stadium has six exits leading straight to the major roads.
Security: It has a steel perimeter fencing and CCTV.
Media Facility: Good media center.


2.  $360 million Abuja National Stadium:  Opened in 2000 to host the “All African Games.” Now, it is the home of Nigeria National teams.



Capacity: 60,491 all seater with Presidential suite and viewing area.
Field: Well maintained grass turf with two electronic scoreboard and floodlights
Medical Facility: The stadium has a medical center full equipped and two stand by ambulance
Crowd Control: It has crowd control steel fencing, six exit and equipped with emergency services. It has 4000 capacity public park and 400 VIP car park
Security: Police on guard all day, has a close circuit security cameras (CCTV).
Media Facility: Well equipped with OBS media center and Language translator commentary box.
   


1.     $210 million Akwa Ibom Stadium Uyo:  Opened in 2014 to host the “All African Games.” Now, it is the home of Nigeria National teams.





Capacity: 30, 000 all seater with Presidential suite and viewing area.
Field: Well maintained grass turf with two electronic scoreboard and floodlights
Medical Facility: The stadium has a medical center full equipped and two stand by ambulance
Crowd Control: It has crowd control steel fencing, six exit and equipped with emergency services. It has 5000 capacity public park and 700 VIP car park
Security: Police on guard all day, has a close circuit security cameras (CCTV).
Media Facility: Well equipped with OBS media center and Language translator commentary box.














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