Mogadishu Stadium

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Mogadishu Stadium
Mogadishustadium.jpg
Aerial view of the stadium
Full nameGaroonka Muqdisho
LocationMogadishu, Somalia
CoordinatesCoordinates: 2°4′3.16″N 45°20′7.65″E / 2.0675444°N 45.3354583°E / 2.0675444; 45.3354583
OwnerFederal Government of Somalia
OperatorSomali Football Federation
Capacity65,000
SurfaceArtificial turf
ScoreboardYes
Construction
Opened1977
Renovated27 March 2020
Tenants
Somali League
Somalia national football team

Mogadishu Stadium (Somali: Garoonka Muqdisho) is a stadium in Mogadishu, Somalia. The stadium has been completely rebuilt and artificial turf was laid on 27 March 2020.

History[edit]

2011

The facility was constructed in 1977 during the Siad Barre administration, with the assistance of Chinese engineers. Although Mogadishu Stadium was mainly used for hosting sporting activities, presidential addresses and political rallies other events, were also held there.[1]

In 1987, the popular singer Magool staged the famous "Mogadishu and Magool" concert at basketball hall (adjacent to soccer stadium) which is part of this wide sports facility/village. It was among the largest such musical events held at the time, with thousands of people in attendance.

Following the start of the civil war in the early 1990s, the stadium was used as a base by various armed factions. A few football matches were from that period intermittently staged, but the facility remained under the control of militants.[2]

In 2006, FIFA financed the installation of a new artificial pitch at the Mogadishu Stadium. However, the venue along with other local facilities gradually incurred infrastructural damage.[3]

When the Al-Shabaab insurgent group laid siege to much of Mogadishu and other southern areas in 2008, it prohibited sporting activities. In August 2011, during the Battle of Mogadishu (2010–2011), the Somali National Army (SNA) backed by AMISOM troops recaptured the capital and stadium from the militants.[4]

In 2013, the newly established Federal Government of Somalia began renovating the stadium in conjunction with Chinese officials.[5]

By 2015, the artificial turf had been refurbished. The stadium also began again serving as one of the main sporting venues in the capital for Somali League football matches.[3]

Renovations[edit]

Tribune

In September 2013, the Somali federal government and its Chinese counterpart signed an official bilateral cooperation agreement in Mogadishu as part of a five-year national recovery plan in Somalia. Under the terms of the accord, the Chinese authorities were slated to reconstruct several major infrastructural landmarks in the Somali capital and elsewhere, including the Mogadishu Stadium.[5].The renovation was completed in 2020 and it hosted the sixtieth anniversary of independence on 1st of July 2020.

Capacity and facilities[edit]

Mogadishu Stadium has a capacity of 65,000 spectators. It features a tournament ground, as well as grounds for track and field, football, basketball, volleyball and tennis.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Daily report: People's Republic of China, Issues 53-61, (National Technical Information Service: 1986)
  2. ^ "Somali football stadium: African Union urged to leave". BBC. 18 October 2012. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Somalia set for two new development project". Goobjoog. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Somali football stadium: African Union agrees to leave". BBC. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Somalia: Gov't, China Officially Sign Cooperation Agreement". Dalsan Radio. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2015.

References[edit]

  • Daily report: People's Republic of China, Issues 53-61, (National Technical Information Service: 1986)
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. "Mogadishu - Coordinates". Geographic.org. Retrieved 19 October 2012.