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5 Monumental Sports Facilities in Africa

1. Cape Town Stadium (South Africa)

The Cape Town Stadium, one of Africa’s breathtaking sports facility, is situated in Cape Town, South Africa. The 69,000 capacity stadium, is used for football and rugby. It is located in Green Point, between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean.

The monumental stadium, which cost US$600 million was built to replace a former stadium with the same name which was demolished in 2007.

The Cape Town Stadium officially opened on December 14, 2009, and it hosted the first match on January 23, 2010 with the Cape Derby between the Ajax Cape Town FC and Santos Cape Town FC.

2. Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (South Africa)

The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is a 46,000 capacity stadium located in Port Elizabeth Park two kilometers from the coast of the Indian Ocean. It was designed by Gerkan, Marg and Associates (German architects), and is one of five stadiums that were built entirely for the 2010 World Cup.

The stadium, whose original name was the name of the metropolis of the agglomeration of Port Elizabeth-Uitenhage-Despatch, was renamed Nelson Mandela Bay in tribute to Nelson Mandela.

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3. Stade d’Angondjé (Gabon)

Stade D’Angondjé or Libreville Friendship Stadium, a monumental 40,000 capacity stadium, located in the Angondjé district of Libreville, was built by Shanghai Construction Group. It was the main stadium to host the African Cup of Nations in 2012 and 2017. It is 320 meters long making it a 36,000 m2 metallic structure.

4. Chiazi National Stadium (Angola)

The Chiazi National Stadium, a 20,000 capacity stadium located in Cabinda, Angola, is a multi-sport stadium. It was built by China Jiangsu International over an 18-month period, at the cost of approximately US $80 million, and was officially opened on December 30, 2009.

The stadium, which is used mainly for football, is home to the Cabinda Football Club. It was used to host Africa Cup of Nations held in Angola in 2010.

5. Abuja National Stadium, Nigeria

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The Abuja National Stadium, located in Abuja, Nigeria, was designed at a cost of US$ 360 by Schlaich Bergermann & Partner, and is one of the most beautiful and artistically designed stadiums in Africa. The 60,491-seat capacity stadium was constructed to host the 8th edition of the African Games in 2003, and is the home of the national team.

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