29 March 2019

Tanzania is set to begin construction of Dodoma
stadium which was proposed about 3 years ago during Moroccan King’s visit to
the Nation at an estimated cost of US $100m.

The Stadium will be strategically situated at
Nanenane area along Dodoma-Morogoro highway to make it visible to those
using the proposed ring roads that will be running around the stadium and those
using the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) network which is close to the structure.

The architectural design of the structure resembles
Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. According to the CEO of
the Tanzania National Roads Agency (Tanroads), Patrick Mfugale, the proposed mega stadium upon
completion will be able to accommodate between 85,000 to 100,000 spectators.

This number exceeds the 94,736 spectators that South
Africa’s First National Bank (FNB) Stadium, currently the largest stadium in
Africa, can accommodate.

The FNB Stadium, AKA Soccer City or The Calabash,
is located in Nasrec, bordering the Soweto area
of Johannesburg, South Africa.  The stadium’s design was
inspired by a Calabash, an African artefact made from the hard shell of a fruit
in the gourd family “Lagenaria siceraria” by drying and hollowing it out.

The delivery of the new stadium will put Tanzania in a better position to bid for hosting major continental events such as the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), African Canadian Soccer & Cultural Association (ACSCA), as well as other top athletics events such as All African Games and World Athletics championships.

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