Independence Stadium (Bakau)

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Independence Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Bakau, Gambia. It is currently used mostly for football matches, although it is also used for athletics, concerts, political events, trade fairs and national celebrations. The stadium holds 30,000[1] people.

Football fans watching Gambia v Guinea
Independence Stadium

Notable events[edit]

10th anniversary of the July 22nd revolution[edit]

On July 22, 2004, heads of state and dignitaries from several African nations, and the Taiwanese prime minister attended a large parade to mark the tenth anniversary of the assumption to power of President Jammeh.[2]

Lifeline Expedition[edit]

In June 2006, Andrew Hawkins (a descendent of England's first slave trader Sir John Hawkins) and 20 friends from the Christian charity Lifeline Expedition knelt in chains before 25,000 Africans to ask forgiveness for his ancestor's involvement in the slave trade.

Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy symbolically removed the chains in a spirit of reconciliation and forgiveness.[3][4]

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Coordinates: 13°28′7.7″N 16°40′40.1″W / 13.468806°N 16.677806°W / 13.468806; -16.677806