Baba Yara sports stadium 97% complete

September 14, 2021 By 0 Comments

Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah has visited the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, which is still under renovation and called on football fans to take good care of the new seats that have been fixed at the stadium.

He specifically mentioned students to discipline themselves when they start using the facility for Inter Colleges and Schools. He also suggested that any student who destroys a seat during inter colleges sports activities must be surcharged.

Earlier, Principal Estate Officer, Mr Kofi Addai, who briefed the minister about the work done so far, said the first phase of the renovation focused on grassing the pitch, laying of tartan tracks, fixing of seats and underground pitch drainage systems, installation of scoreboard and floodlight, which are all 97% complete. According to him 21,978 of the seats in the stadium had been replaced.

Mr Kofi Addai also told the Minister that his outfit had detected leakages which have all been fixed.

He also revealed that most of the washroom materials have been changed while all the 39 irrigation points are done.

The Ashanti Regional Directorate of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Mr Emmanuel Kojo Appiah, expressed appreciation to the Minister for the visit and promised to cooperate with him. He lauded President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for investing in sports development.

The Baba Yara Sports Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Kumasi, Ashanti region. It is Ghana’s largest stadium, with a seating capacity of 40,528.

The Kumasi Stadium is used mostly for football matches, although it is also used for athletics. Until its renovation, Baba Yara was the home of one of Africa’s most popular sports clubs, Asante Kotoko, as well as King Faisal.

The Baba Yara stadium was originally built by the United African Company (UAC) in 1957 and inaugurated as a designated football pitch in 1959.

The first stands were constructed in 1971. The stadium was rebuilt in 1977. It was renamed after Kumasi-born footballer, Baba Yara (1936–1969).