Kamuzu Stadium

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Kamuzu Stadium
Kamuzu Stadium exterior.JPG
Exterior of stadium
StadiumAct Global Artificial Turf, FIFA Certified

The Kamuzu Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Blantyre, Malawi. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 67 000[1] people, maximum for football. This can be limited for safety reasons. Big Bullets are tenants.

History[edit]

The stadium was originally named Rangeley Stadium during the colonial era to commemorate British civil servant William H. J. Rangeley.[2] It later became known as Kamuzu Stadium, after Malawi's first President, Hastings Kamuzu Banda, when Malawi gained independence from Britain. The main stands were designed and drawn by L Jeffery and Steve Price, the works completed in 1968. After Kamuzu's presidency, the name was changed to Chichiri Stadium under President Bakili Muluzi; however, under Muluzi's successor, Bingu wa Mutharika, the name Kamuzu Stadium was restored in 2004.[3]

FIFA through its GOAL programme has sponsored the renovation of the natural grass pitch into a synthetic football pitch. This artificial turf field, called Xtreme Turf, has been manufactured and installed by Act Global.

President Peter Mutharika's inauguration ceremony was held at Kamuzu Stadium on 2 June 2014.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.africaranking.com/top-10-largest-stadiums-in-africa/2/
  2. ^ Owen Kalinga, The Historical Dictionary of Malawi, page 411.
  3. ^ "Malawian president orders three facilities named after founding father Banda", BBC Monitoring International Reports, September 15, 2004.
  4. ^ Zawadi Chilunga, "Mutharika regrets JB's snub in power handover: Muluzi cheered" Archived 2014-06-06 at the Wayback Machine, Nyasa Times, 2 June 2014.

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Coordinates: 15°47′56″S 35°2′4.2″E / 15.79889°S 35.034500°E / -15.79889; 35.034500