Biggest Football Stadiums In Africa

Sport is an important part of African culture. Football, rugby, and track and field events are all associated with modern-day African social and economic structures. The majority of these sports are played in stadiums, which has contributed to construction of many modern stadiums in Africa. 

The 2010 FIFA World Cup, which was then hosted in South Africa, resulted in the construction of the biggest stadiums in Africa which can comfortably accommodate tens of thousands of spectators at a time.

The five biggest football stadiums built in Africa are listed below, with specific criteria such as capacity, design and attractiveness, comfort, and ability to host the world’s biggest sporting events considered.

Top 5 Biggest Football Stadiums In Africa 2022

5. Moshood Abiola National Stadium – Nigeria

Moshood Abiola National Stadium (previously known as National Stadium, Abuja) is a multipurpose national sports stadium in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory. The stadium is home to the Nigerian national football team as well as a venue for a variety of social, cultural, and religious events.

The stadium was built to host the 8th All Africa Games, which were held in October 2003. On June 12, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari announced that the National Stadium in Abuja would be renamed Moshood Abiola National Stadium.

The main bowl of Moshood Abiola National Stadium is designed to hold 60,491 spectator seats and is covered by a lightweight roof structure. The main features are the two overlapping spectator tiers, with the lower tier accommodating 32,000 seats and the upper tier accommodating 28,000 seats. The lower tier also includes 56 corporate suites with viewing terraces and one presidential lounge with seating for 50 guests. The entrance building houses all functional and secondary areas with a gross floor area of approximately 25,000 m2.

This facility is located beneath the concourse level, which serves as the distribution level for spectators, and houses several kiosks, banks, first aid stations, and toilet buildings.

All stadium facilities are designed and engineered in accordance with the requirements of international sport associations, particularly the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) (IAAF).

Moshood Abiola National Stadium meets international safety standards and is outfitted with emergency service units, closed circuit security cameras, and crowd control steel fencing. There is also back-up fire fighting equipment and metal detectors in place to prevent any mishaps.

4. Cape Town Stadium – South Africa

The Cape Town Stadium is a football and rugby union stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It serves as the home ground of Premier Soccer League clubs Cape Town Spurs and Cape Town City.

The stadium is located in Green Point, between Signal Hill and the Atlantic Ocean, close to the city center of Cape Town and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, a popular tourist and shopping destination. During the 2010 World Cup, the stadium had a seating capacity of 64,100, which was later reduced to 58,309. Granger Bay Boulevard, a new road connection, connects the stadium to the waterfront. 

Cape Town Stadium is South Africa’s fifth largest stadium and the biggest in Cape Town.

3. Moses Mabhida Stadium – South Africa

The Moses Mabhida Stadium is a sports stadium in Durban, South Africa. It was named after Moses Mabhida, a former South African Communist Party General Secretary. It’s a multi-purpose stadium. The stadium has hosted a variety of events, including bungee jumping, concerts, cricket, football, golf practice, motorsports, and rugby union.

It was one of the stadiums that hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The stadium has a seating capacity of 55,500, but it can be expanded to 75,000 for events like the Commonwealth Games. It has two permanent seating tiers, with a temporary third added for the World Cup.

The roof of Moses Mabhida Stadium is made up of a 46,000 m2 (500,000 sq ft) Teflon-coated glass-fibre membrane that emits a translucent glow when the stadium is lit. Steel cables with a diameter of 95mm connect these to the arch. The roof covers 88% of the seats.

2. Borj Al Arab Stadium – Egypt

The Borg El Arab Stadium is a stadium in Egypt that was built in 2005. It is Egypt’s largest stadium and Africa’s second largest after FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. It has a seating capacity of 86,000 and is an all-seater. It is also the world’s 27th largest stadium.

The stadium is air-conditioned, and this includes the dressing rooms and entrances. There are also eight elevators for broadcasters, handicapped, service personnel, and VIP. The stadium’s parking lot can accommodate 5000 cars and 200 buses, as well as an airstrip, and there are 136 electronic entrances.

The stadium was originally commissioned as part of an ambitious 5-stadium project for Egypt’s bid to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Following the failure of Egypt’s bid to host the World Cup, the stadium became the Egyptian national team’s home stadium.

 1. First National Bank Stadium – South Africa

First National Bank Stadium, also known as Soccer City, is an association football and rugby union stadium in Nasrec, Johannesburg, South Africa. The stadium is the home of Kaizer Chiefs F.C.

FNB Stadium was built as the main association football stadium for the World Cup, and it became Africa’s largest stadium with a capacity of 94,736 people. However, due to reserved seats for the press and other VIPs, its maximum capacity during the 2010 FIFA World Cup was 84,490. Because of its resemblance to an African pot, the stadium is also known as “The Calabash.”

It hosted Nelson Mandela’s first speech in Johannesburg after his release from prison in 1990, and it also hosted a memorial service for him on December 10, 2013. It was also the venue of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final between the Netherlands and Spain.

The stadium, which was built in 1987, received a major upgrade for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with a new design inspired by the shape of an African pot, the calabash.

Since it opened in 1989, the stadium has been officially known as FNB Stadium. This was because of a naming rights agreement with First National Bank. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as well as in the month preceding the event, the stadium was renamed Soccer City. Because FIFA does not allow stadiums to be referred to by sponsored names during FIFA-sanctioned tournaments, however FNB Stadium is the stadium’s current name.

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