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Will the proposed Dodoma stadium be the largest in Africa?

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Logistics are being put in place to allow Construction of Dodoma Stadium in Tanzania to start in earnest, Chief Executive Officer of national road agency (Tanroads), Patrick Mfugale has announced.

The stadium which will be located  along Dodoma- Morogoro highway in the capital city, is set to accommodate a normal capacity of 85,000 to 100,000 spectators. It will be one of the largest arena in Africa, says Mfugale.

The sports facility has been designed to mimic Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

“The arena is also strategically located close to the Dodoma-Morogoro highway and will be visible to all passersby,” said Mr Mfugale.

The stadium will also feature ring roads around the venue and it will also be close to the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) network.

Construction of the project is being supported by Morocco to a tune of US$100m.

The FNB Stadium, also known as Soccer City and The Calabash, located in Soweto area of Johannesburg, South Africa is the largest football venue with the capacity to accommodate 94,736 spectators.

Plans to construct the modern stadium complex in Dodoma coincides with government push for massive transfer of people and services from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma which is the designated new capital of Tanzania.

Tanzania hopes that the new sports complex will put the country in a competitive potion when it comes to hosting international matches like Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and other top athletics events such as All African Games and World Athletics championships.



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