Due to the obvious level of mismanagement in Nigeria, many people don’t believe there exist stadiums in the country that can host major competitions. Of a truth, many stadiums in the country have been destroyed due to the lack of maintenance. How that a stadium that was established barely a few years has grown weed so much that you might mistake it for a dejected farm area.
However, there are still some stadiums in Nigeria that are good enough. Although they might not be able to make the list of best in Africa at least they can still be used to hold some competitions in our local league. If you are one of the people from the school of thought that there is no stadium in Nigeria that is good enough, well, this article will clear your doubt.
1. Akwa Ibom International Stadium
The stadium is popularly known as the Godswill Akpabio International stadium. It was built by the former Governor of Akwa Ibom state. The establishment commenced in 2012 and was completed in 2014. As of 2014, Akwa Ibom International Stadium was ranked as the best stadium in Nigeria. The stadium is a perfect replicate of the Allianz Arena stadium in Germany. It has a total capacity of about 30, 000 people and was estimated to worth about $250 million as of when it was completed.
2. Abuja National Stadium
The Abuja National Stadium is one of the largest stadiums in Nigeria with a total capacity of about 66,000 seats. On several occasions has the stadium hosted the Super Eagles in a home match. As at the time it was built, it was reported that the Federal Government spent about $360 million in building the stadium. As it is now, Abuja National Stadium is the most expensive in the Country.
3. U.J Esuene Stadium
U.J Esuene Stadium is not one of the popular stadiums in Nigeria, however, it is one of the oldest stadiums in the country. The stadium was established in 1977and it used to be to the home of Calabar Rovers one of the teams in the Nigerian Premier League. It has a capacity of about 16,000 seaters. U.J Esuene is one of the best stadiums in Nigeria, this can not be detached from the fact that it is constantly used during the home matches of Calabar Rovers.
4. Liberation Stadium
Liberation Stadium is the home of the Dolphin Football club, one of the top clubs in the Nigeria Premier League. The stadium is situated in Port Harcourt, it has a capacity of 30,000 people making it one of the largest and one of the top rank stadiums in the country. Despite the obvious lack of a maintenance scheme in Nigeria, the management of the stadium has been able to keep the stadium in good shape.
5. Teslim Balogun Stadium
Teslim Balogun Stadium is one of the most popular stadiums in Nigeria. It gained its popularity after it was completed under the administration of former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola. When it was established, it was estimated to worth around 1.3 billion Naira. It has a capacity of about 25,000 people.