With the ever increasing amount of money in football coupled with the game’s ever increasing popularity, the demand for tickets to matches has become far greater. As the most popular sport in the continent, Africa is also moving ahead with more Hi-Tech and expensive stadiums.
The Top 10 Most Expensive Stadiums In Africa:
10) Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium – $53 Million
The stadium was opened in 2007 in Dar-es-Saleem, Tanzania and is named after the country’s third president, Benjamin William Mkapa. The stadium has a capacity of 60,000 and, whilst multi-purpose, mainly place host to football having replace the Uhuru stadium as the national team ground. Construction was carried out by the Beijing Construction Engineering Company Limited, with China donating half the funds for the project.
9) Stade Olympique de Radès – $110 Million
This multi-purpose stadium has a capacity of 60,000 and is situated in Rades, Tunisia. The ground was built for the 2001 Mediterranean Games and is famed for its modern, contemporary structure.
8) Mbombela Stadium – $140 Million
The first of six stadiums in this list built in preparation for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. With a capacity of 40,929 it is also the smallest of the stadiums constructed for the World Cup. The stadium was made possible through taxpayer funding.
7) Peter Mokaba Stadium – $150 Million
Located in Polokwane, South Africa, the stadium is another built for the World Cup and is also the home to Black Leopards FC. The initial plan had been to renovate the Pietersburg Stadium that was already on the site; however this was abandoned to build the 41,733-seater. It is named after the former leader of the ANC Youth League, Peter Mokaba.
6) Estádio 11 de Novembro – $227 Million
Named to the honor Angola’s independence Day, Estádio 11 de Novembro is a multi-use stadium in Luanda, Angola which hosted the nine matches of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. Design by Urbinvest, Arup Sport, Sua Kay Arquitectos and constructed by Shanghai Urban Corporation Group. The multi-use stadium have a capacity of 50,000, costing $227 million.
5) Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium – $270 Million
Overlooking the North End Lake in Port Elizabeth this 48,459-seater stadium is located in the heart of the city. Named after South Africa’s legendary former President the stadium’s cost spiralled out of control during constructing. The cost was originally estimated at around R711million, the eventual cost was in excess of R2billion.
4) Abuja Stadium – $360 Million
The final stadium on the list to feature outside of South Africa, the Abuja Stadium is located in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, Abuja. The stadium is home to the Nigeria national team and also hosts a number of non-sporting events. The stadium was part of the National Stadium complex and Games Village constructed for the 8th All Africa Games in October 2003. With a capacity of 60,491 it is by far the largest stadium in Nigeria.
3) FNB Stadium – $440 Million
The First National Bank Stadium in Nasrec, South Africa is better known to many people internationally as Soccer City. It is the largest stadium in Africa with a capacity of 94,736 and is now the home of South African side Kaizer Chiefs. It hosted the final of the 2010 World Cup and was also the location of Nelson Mandela’s final public appearance.
2) Moses Mabhida Stadium – $450 Million
This Durban stadium played host to a number of 2010 World Cup games. During the tournament it had a capacity of 62,760 due to the use of temporary tiers. Since the World Cup the capacity has been reduced to 54,000. It is adjacent to the Kings Park Stadium and contains a sporting institute and transmodal transport station, which was built to accommodate the demands of the World Cup.
1) Cape Town Stadium – $600 Million
Located in the legislative capital of South Africa, the stadium was built on the previous site of the Green Point Stadium. The stadium is still occasionally referred to by the name of its predecessor. The stadium has a capacity of 64,100 and was constructed by the South African company Murray & Roberts.