The National Stadium will soon sport a new look
The national stadium, Surulere, will soon sport a new look, as the federal government’s bid to restore the building to its former glory has received a major boost with the start of laying its tartan tracks.
One of the stadium rehabilitation contractors, Kyle Next, has confirmed that laying of the tracks has begun and could be finalized in four weeks with the newly installed facility in place.
Sports facilities installation and management company, Ideal Sports’ Track Technical Specialist Joseph Ayinla revealed that the tracks would be laid in stages.
“The first stage which started last week is the elastic layer (e-layer) stage, which will be followed by the sealant stage to make the tracks impermeable to water and other fluids. The third stage will be the coating step.
“Once all of this has been done, a Certified World Athletics Track Marker will then carry out the markings. There will be a nine-lane running track and the jump strip, which is for long jumps and triple jumps,” Ayinla said.
The track technical specialist was part of the team that laid the stadium’s last tracks in 1998, 24 years ago, and has been involved in laying such facilities at other premier arenas around the country and beyond.
Already there has been the installation of a digital scoreboard and an overhaul of the stadium’s football pitch by the Federal Ministry of Youth Development and Sport under the public-private partnership arrangement (PPP) and the adoption of a grassroots initiative set up by the Minister for Sports, Sunday Dare.
Regarding the rehabilitation of the terraces, the Minister confirmed that progress is being made to find the necessary funds for the project.
“Our land adoption agreement with Premier Lotto for the Lagos National Stadium covers the pitch, tracks and scoreboard and it is on track. We are also progressing in the search for funds to repair the terraces. »
Meanwhile, the federal government last week began re-turfing the pitch at Obafemi Awolowo Stadium (formerly known as Liberty Stadium) in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Another highlight of the Ministry of Sports’ sports infrastructure development campaign over the past three years has been the restoration of the playing field at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, after many years of neglect.