Banadir Stadium

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Garoonka Banaadir Stadium
Benadir Stadium (formerly: Coni Stadium)
Somalia national team drills for 2018WCQ.jpg
Full nameGaroonka Banaadir Taagsade
LocationMogadishu, Somalia
Capacitymore than 10,000[1]
Somali League

The Banadir Stadium, or Garoonka Banaadir Stadium in the Somali language, is a multi-use stadium in Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia, that is currently used mostly for football matches. Until the 1970s, the stadium was called the Coni Stadium because it was built by the Italian Coni. It is currently being rebuilt through FIFA's Win in Africa with Africa program.



Originally in the area there was the small Stadio Municipale di Mogadiscio as the main sport area in the capital of Italian Somalia; it was created in the late 1930s just north of the Porto di Mogadiscio and hosted the first football matches in Mogadishu. On the enlarged grounds of this "Campo Sportivo" in the 1950s, the first football stadium in Somalia was built during the Fiduciary Administration of Somalia done by Italy under ONU mandate, the Coni Stadium,[2] later renamed "Banadir Stadium" in the early 1960s. The stadium was a donation of the Italian government to the Somali people and was built in 1956[3] by the Italian National Olympic Committee.[4] It was inaugurated in October 1956[5] and was one of the best in Africa when inaugurated, with competitions held in athletics and even bicycle racing.[6]

The Coni Stadium when inaugurated had an area of 23,300 square meters, with athletics tracks of 200 meters and a covered tribune for 1000 spectators seated. The original real-grass turf was changed to artificial in the late 1990s, after the civil war damages to the stadium. The Banadir stadium was fully destroyed during the Somalian Civil War in the 1990s and early 2000s. Later, it was rebuilt by FIFA's Win in Africa with Africa program in the late 2000s and since 2009, it has again hosted football games.

Built in 1956 by the Italian Olympic committee, the Banadir Stadium is currently being reconstructed under the FIFA-funded project “Win in Africa with Africa” and is being kitted out with artificial football turf. The old stadium, which was not repaired since the early 1980s was one of the loveliest football faciities in Africa during the late 1950s and early 1960s, according to Abdullahi Huusein Baskuwaale who was a member of the first Somali team to play in the stadium at the end of its construction in 1956. AIPS [7]

In the 2010s, the stadium is the home field for the following teams:

Capacity and facilities[edit]

The Banadir Stadium has been recently improved to a possible capacity of nearly 15,000 spectators. It features a tournament ground, as well as grounds for track and field and football.


  1. ^ "Garoonka Banadir Stadium - Soccerway". 2013-01-09. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  2. ^ Corriere della Somalia: Stadio CONI; Somalia Championship in 1956 (page 3)
  3. ^ Mogadishu Scouts at the inaugural ceremony
  4. ^ "AIPS Web Site - Banadir Stadium upgrade to be completed by year's end". 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  5. ^ "Corriere di Mogadiscio" of October 2, 1956, page 2: inauguration of the Coni Stadium (in Italian)
  6. ^ Cyclism racing in the Coni Stadium inauguration
  7. ^ "AIPS Web Site - Banadir Stadium upgrade to be completed by year's end". 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2016-01-30.

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Coordinates: 2°02′31″N 45°21′24″E / 2.04194°N 45.35667°E / 2.04194; 45.35667