Tanzania is building one of Africa’s biggest stadiums in Dodoma. President John Maghufuli launched the project earlier this month to kick-off construction of the project whose idea was proposed about 3 years ago.
Speaking during the launch, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tanzania National Roads Agency (Tanroads), Patrick Mfugale, said the proposed modern arena is to be constructed at Nanenane area, along Dodoma- Morogoro highway, and it will have the capacity to accommodate between 85,000 to 100,000 spectators.
Currently and for several years now, South Africa based Soccer City or The Calabash in Johannesburg boasts the title to the largest stadium in Africa with a capacity to hold the 94,736.
Established in Tanzania’s second largest city, the Dododma stadium is actually designed to reflect Africa’s tallest mountain (Kilimanjaro).
The project is being funded by King Mohamed VI of Morocco, who pledged to build the stadium during his visit to Tanzania in 2016. The stadium is estimated to cost US$100m.
Mr. Mfugale said the work is on course as logistics have been initiated to see the completion of the project. Once complete, the stadium will give Tanzania the capacity to host all major regional and continental sporting events including such as the African Cup of nations as not many African nations have sporting facilities of that magnitude.