Tycoon Hamis Kiggundu aka Ham must be one of the happiest happy billionaires in Uganda after seeing his dream to redevelop Nakivubo Stadium slowly but surely coming true as it is currently in final stages following the completion of installation of the the playing surface, turf and goal posts.
Ham recently revealed that his technical team is in final touches before they officially announce grand opening and later the kick off of games at the the multibillion facility and one of its kind In Uganda.
After receiving the playing surface over a month ago, the artificial turf whose installation has been ongoing, is now fully fitted, and lines have been drawn in the usual white markings.
“Stadium turf and goal installation done, for God and my country,” Ham confirmed
Ham is also looking foward to have Nakivubo stadium among the few stadiums to be used for hosting AFCON matches if the East African Pamoja Bid to host AFCON 2027 comes through.
The above development came after officials from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) inspected and witnessed the stadium’s progress and were quite impressed by the quality work singlehandedly done Ham.
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After completion, Nakivubo will feature a gym, medical facility, restaurants and other amenities with several sports disciplines such as football, volleyball, athletics and boxing, among others.
Built to modern standards, the 40,000-seater ‘War Memorial Stadium will be a reminder of the old good days for football lovers.
“We have followed modern stadium trends from all over the world in whatever we have included in the construction of this facility because we didn’t want visiting teams to have excuses with anything regarding the facility. So, from the turf to the dressing rooms to the stands and everything else will be completed to international standards,” Ham said.
Nakivubo will be a multipurpose stadium making it Kampala’s most famous and iconic ground with unique amenities like lifts for the physically handicapped, cinema halls, an area for indoor games like Table Tennis and Pool, VIP boxes that can be booked by a group of people on top of ordinary sitting, VVIP and executive boxes on the first tier. The executive boxes seat about 20 people each with extra amenities like self-contained lavatories, sofa sets, a conference room, and a resting area. Each category of fans will have its own entry and exit points.
Additionally, the stadium will also have multi-level parking able to accommodate over 1,000 cars on top of other amenities like restaurants, gyms, and facilities for people with disabilities (PWDs).
Behind the goalposts on one end will be a netball court while on the other a basketball court. There will be no running track as had earlier been planned following architectural changes.
The home and visiting teams will have a medical section room each, on top of dressing rooms that can seat up to 30 people each. There are also enough showers that can be used by all players of both sides on top of two referees’ rooms and lockers, and change rooms for all stadium support staff including ball boys who also have their rooms and amenities just like the kit’s men. There is also an allowance for a gym and a boxing ring under the stands.
Parking for service vehicles like ambulances and those of the VIPs are catered for including residential rooms for 80 people for teams that might want to stay for residential training.
The stadium will also have a big screen and floodlights as well as security cameras installed around the stadium.