Addis to Have Five New Stadiums, Blindfolded

By Dawit Endeshaw

Each of four stadiums is expected to cost on average 300 million, with one in Akaki estimated at 1.6 billion Br

Addis Abeba is to launch construction for five more stadiums, adding to the two existing ones - Yidnekachew Tessema and Abebe Bikila stadiums, without any feasablity study.

Four of the five are zonal stadiums which will be constructed in the districts of Yeka, Nifas Silk Lafto, Bole and Gullele . The zonal stadiums have a prototype design of 40,000sqm, 70,000sqm and 110,000sqm, in their order, whereas the plot for Gullele is not yet secured. Each of the stadiums has a carrying capacity of 30,000 people.

Despite the approach being taken by the Addis Abeba City Youth & Sport Bureau - fitting the zonal stadiums to space availed by the districts, a study done by Ministry of Urban Development & Housing, prescribes that a standard zonal stadium should rest on 113,080sqm, discounting additional space required for parking and other purposes.