Stade Tata Raphaël

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Stade Tata Raphaël
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Former names Stade Roi Baudouin (1952-1967)
Stade du 20 Mai (1967-1997)
Location Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Capacity 50,000[1]
Surface Synthetic Lawn
Opened 1952 (1952)
Tenants
DC Motema Pembe
AS Vita Club

Stade Tata-Raphaël (Father Raphael Stadium) is a multi-purpose stadium in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Originally known as Stade Roi Baudouin (King Baudouin Stadium) when it was inaugurated in 1952 and Stade du 20 Mai (20 May Stadium) in 1967, it was used mostly for football matches. The stadium has a maximum capacity of 50,000 people.[1]

History[edit]

The stadium's most famous event was The Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman for the Undisputed WBC/WBA Heavyweight Championship that took place on October 30, 1974. In what was ranked as a great upset, Ali knocked out the previously undefeated Foreman in eight rounds. The associated music festival, Zaire 74, that took place at the stadium six weeks prior to the boxing match, included such stars as James Brown and B.B. King.

Following the downfall of President Mobutu Sese Seko's regime in 1997, the stadium was renamed Stade Tata Raphaël after Raphaël de la Kethulle de Ryhove, initiator of the stadium in 1952.

The stadium was also the setting for a documentary film about Congolese women's boxing, Victoire Terminus (2008).[2]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Barbara Kingsolver's novel, The Poisonwood Bible (1998), includes a passage describing the Rumble in the Jungle taking place at the Stade du 20 Mai (20 May Stadium) while political prisoners are locked up downstairs.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 4°20′17″S 15°19′20″E / 4.33806°S 15.32222°E / -4.33806; 15.32222