Thursday, April 18, 2024

UGANDA:President Museveni to Commission Hamz Stadium Nakivubo at Close of November 2023

Key Notes:

· Initially established in 1926 and improved in 1954 by the British colonial government.

· Demolition and reconstruction began In 2017, involving improvement to the grounds, increasing seating from 21,000 to 35,000

·Currently able to accommodate: Football, Netball, Basketball and all indoor games with a 72 room sports Hostel.

· Construction cost estimated at US$200Million upon final completion.

KAMPALA UGANDA| President, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is set to commission off Nakivubo Stadium at Close of November 2023. This was all discussed and agreed in a meeting held yesterday, November 7, 2023 between Ugandan based billionaire Hamis Kiggundu and Uganda’s incumbent president Yoweri Museveni.Nakivubo Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in KampalaUganda, located in the Central Business District of Kampala City surrounded by Ham Shopping Grounds, within a walking distance from the New Taxi Park, occupying 12.455 acres (50,400 m2).The Stadium was developed in 1926 on land donated by the Kabaka of Buganda at the time and It hosted the first match on 1 April 1926 between the Uganda National Team and the Under-18 National team of Uganda.It was improved and modernized in 1954 by the British colonial government to commemorate the lives of Ugandans killed during the Second World War following the passage of the “Nakivubo War Memorial Act” by the Parliament of Uganda.
President Museveni to Commission Nakivubo Stadium at Close of November 2023
Stadium Pictorial collage
In 2015, President Museveni asked Kiggundu to redevelop and upgrade Nakivubo Stadium into a modern sports facility through a joint venture between the government of Uganda as the owner and Hamis Kiggundu through his Ham Enterprises as the developer and new operator. Reconstruction works began in June 2017 with demolition of the old worn-out structures and the construction of new infrastructures from scratch including retail shops inside the outside walls of the facility and increase the seating capacity from 21,000 to 35,000, which has been ongoing, at an estimated cost of US$200 million, upon final completion. As of November 2023, the reconstruction process is partially completed and set to open at the end of month to accommodate Football, Netball, Basketball, and all indoor games with a 72 room sports hostel.Nakivubo was named Hamz Stadium in recognition of Ham the developer.Follow us on X. Send us a secure tip
Daniella Joan
Daniella Joan
Ahimbisibwe Joan specializes in all things finance, policy, business, gender and pop culture. She’s currently a senior writer at Bizmart Africa Magazine. She’s also the author of Lady Business, a newsletter about women and business on Bizmart.

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