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Benin stadium to be ready for Edo 2020 in March, says contractor

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Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, will be ready to host the upcoming National Sports Festival (NSF) in March, the contractor handling the reconstruction of the stadium has said.

Femi James, Site Engineer for the contractor, Peculiar Ultimate Consult, told the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Benin that the reconstruction work had attained over 90 per cent completion.

He assured that the reconstructed facility would be delivered in time for the 20th National Sport Festival (NSF) to be  hosted in Edo in March.

According to him, Edo will have a brand new stadium with modern sporting facilities aside football when completed.

He said the reconstruction work that had seen the entire stadium complex transformed, had between 100 to 150 construction workers working on a daily basis.

“We have a new 4-in-1 Tennis Court and spectator stand. We had to pull down what we have here before and reconstruct. This new one is now four times of what was pulled down here.

“Fitted along with the new tennis court is a new two-storey secretariat; what was there before as secretariat was a makeshift structure.

“Another interesting thing is that we have built a new Squash Court and   spectator stand with a befitting secretariat to go with.

“We also have a brand new single lawn tennis court for finals with spectators stand.

“We also built, though attached to the main bowl, weightlifting and para lifting hall. What we had there before was also a makeshift one.

“Presently, we are building a new gymnasium hall for Weightlifting, Kickboxing and Boxing,” he said.

James said the new additions had hindered the delivering of the project as earlier promised.

“Most of these buildings were not in the original plan of the stadium reconstruction work, but they had to be brought in to provide  modern sport facilities to the sport loving people of the state.

“You can see that most of the projects such as the swimming pool and some others have been completed.

“For the mainbowl, we have started laying the tartan tracks. We are almost done with the laying of the black granus and will commence with the red granus by weekend. On the whole, everything about the tartan track will be completed on January 31,” he stated.

NAN reports that Edo 2020 games will take place between March 22 and April 1.

It will be the third time the state will be hosting the NSF, having hosted the games as old Bendel state in 1981 and as Edo in 2002.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi

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