16 July 2019

Reconstruction of Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in
Nigeria is at an advance stage with the laying of the canopy cover. This is
according to Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Works on the stadium began in 2018 with
installation of seats and re-grassing of the playing pitch to replace
artificial one. It was last reconstructed in 2000 by the Lucky Igbinedion
administration, for the hosting of the National Sports Festival in 2000.

According to Femi James, Site Engineer for Peculiar Ultimate Consult, the contractors handling the reconstruction, the
entire stadium will be renovated to international standards.

The 20,000-capacity sports arena is being replaced
with modern seats, its tartan tracks and offices will be modernized, while the
synthetic grass in the pitch would be replaced with natural grass.

Other works involved in the development include
extension of State Box to accommodate more VIPs, a specially-built press
gallery, modern dressing rooms, as well as better lighting system and a score
board at the main bowl. The gymnasium and the lawn tennis courts are also being
upgraded to international standards. The steel platform which would house the
roof has been completed but is still to be covered with the roof.

The stadium is named after a two-time governor of the state, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia who served as Military Governor of the then Mid-Western state between 1967 and 1975, before being elected as Governor of the defunct Bendel state in 1983.

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