Museveni commissions refurbished Nakivubo Stadium

Man Jose Kayima

Today marked a momentous occasion for sports enthusiasts across Uganda as President Kaguta Museveni officially unveiled the newly renovated Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium.

Developed by businessman Hamis Kiggundu, the stadium, located in the heart of Kampala, has undergone a remarkable transformation, with a seating capacity of 20,000 spectators.

The revamped Nakivubo Stadium promises to be a hub for a diverse range of sporting activities, including athletics, netball, bodybuilding, basketball, and volleyball. With state-of-the-art amenities such as a gym, medical facility, restaurants, and other essential facilities, it is set to redefine the sporting landscape in Uganda.

The significance of the stadium’s redevelopment extends beyond its role as a sporting venue. It represents a significant milestone for Uganda’s sports sector, with potential implications for the nation’s international standing.

There is even speculation that Uganda, alongside neighboring Tanzania and Kenya, may co-host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations finals, further enhancing the country’s profile on the continental stage.

The timing of the Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium’s reopening is particularly noteworthy, coinciding with the upcoming test match in the Uganda Premier League between Vipers and Bul, and KCCA and Villa scheduled for the 1st of May at Namboole Stadium.

These events underscore the nation’s preparations for hosting major sporting events, including the AFCON 2027.

Despite facing delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which extended the projected four-year redevelopment timeline, the completion of Nakivubo Stadium stands as a testament to Uganda’s resilience and determination to elevate its sports infrastructure.

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