Project to upgrade Amahoro National Stadium in Rwanda well on course

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Amahoro National Stadium in Rwanda is undergoing a major face-lift to make it an ultra-modern sports ground by the end of 2024. Construction works started on August 31, 2022. The procuring entity is Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) and the beneficiary is the Ministry of Sports.

The new stadium will cost about $170 million. $160 million for construction, with the rest going into supervision, expropriation and relocation of RNP offices and Remera Health Center. This move aims to comply with standards set by the international football governing body, FIFA.

Once completed, the new stadium will have a perimeter of 800 meters. It will be 30 meters high, with a more extended roof with four levels (G 3). Standing at the highest level, one gets the impression that match-goers have a fantastic experience after the major revamp. The new facility will, undoubtedly, offer a best-in-class fan experience.

Stakeholders in the renovation of Amahoro National Stadium in Rwanda

The contractor is Summa Rwanda JV: a joint venture of the Turkish construction group. Summa and Crystal Ventures. Crystal Ventures is a local investment company and one of the prominent construction companies in Rwanda. Supervision is done by Gasabo 3D Design: a renowned local consulting firm.

Turkish multinational Summa also constructed Kigali Convention Center (KCC), BK Arena – the biggest regional multi-purpose indoor arena in Kigali. Additionally, the African Leadership Academy (ALU) was built by Summa. Moreover, Summa also made large-scale projects in Dakar, Senegal, including International Conference Centre, Dakar Arena sports centre, and Abdoulaye-Wade Stadium.

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Therefore, Rwandan engineers have been to Dakar, to borrow a leaf, so that their own project runs smoothly. On Friday, May 26, 2023, project managers gave The New Times a guided tour around the full-of-activity construction site. Lately, there are 2,500 workers – 16 per cent women; with the aim of 30 per cent during the finishing and landscaping works, later – working there every day. They work 24/7 shifts.