A stadium is a place or venue for  outdoor sports, concerts, or other events and consists of a field or stage either partly or completely surrounded by a tiered structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event.


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stadium roof3The first stadiums to be built in the modern era were basic facilities, designed for the single purpose of fitting as

many spectators in as possible. With tremendous growth in the popularity of organised sport in the late Victorian era, especially football in the United Kingdom and baseball in the U.S., the first such structures were built.[6] One such early stadium was the Lansdowne Road Stadium, the brainchild of Henry Wallace Doveton Dunlop (1844 -1930), who organised the first All Ireland Athletics Championships.

This is a List of stadiums in Nigeria by capacity. It also includes the state and the year of commissioning of each stadium. Onikan Stadium, Lagos is the oldest stadium in Nigeria.

Stadium Capacity Commissioned State
Abuja Stadium 60,491 2003 FCT (territory)
Lagos National Stadium 45,000 1972 Lagos
Jos International Stadium 44,000 Plateau
U. J. Esuene Stadium 35,000 1977 Cross River
Teslim Balogun Stadium 35,000 1984 Lagos
Karkanda Stadium 35,000 2013 Katsina
MKO Abiola Stadium 35,000 Ogun
Obafemi Awolowo Stadium 35,000 Oyo
Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium 30,000 1983 Edo
Jalingo City Stadium 30,000 2002 Taraba
Liberation Stadium 30,000 Rivers
Warri Township Stadium 30,000 Delta
Akwa-Ibom Stadium 30,000 2014 Akwa Ibom
Enyimba International Stadium 25,500 Abia
Sani Abacha Stadium 25,000 1998 Kano
Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium 22,000 Enugu
Gateway Stadium 20,000 Ogun
Aper Aku Stadium 20,000 Benue
Kwara State Stadium 18,000 Kwara
Lekan Salami Stadium 18,000 Oyo
Ahmadu Bello Stadium 16,000 1965 Kaduna
Sapele Stadium 16,000 Delta
Hadejia Stadium 15,000 Jigawa
Akure Township Stadium 15,000 Ondo
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium 15,000 Bauchi
Rwang Pam Stadium 15,000 Plateau
Ilaro Stadium 12,000 2008 Ogun
Abubakar Umar Memorial Stadium 10,000 Gombe
Dan Anyiam Stadium 10,000 Imo
El-Kanemi Stadium 10,000 Borno
Oshogbo Stadium 10,000 Osun
Ranchers Bees Stadium 10,000 Kaduna
Sharks Stadium 10,000 Rivers
Zaria Township Stadium 10,000 Kaduna
Jay Jay Okocha Stadium 8,000 Delta
Katsina Township Stadium 5,000 Katsina
Lafia Township Stadium 5,000 Nasarawa
Minna Township Stadium 5,000 Niger
Oghara Township Stadium 5,000 Bayelsa
Old Parade Ground 5,000 FCT
Onikan Stadium 5,000 1930 Lagos
Sardauna Memorial Stadium 5,000 Zamfara
Ughelli Township Stadium 5,000 2002 Delta
Uyo Township Stadium 5,000 Akwa Ibom
Yenagoa Township Stadium 5,000 Bayelsa
Agege Stadium 4,000 Lagos
Gabros Stadium 3,000 Anambra
Ikpeazu Memorial Stadium Anambra
Pantami Stadium Gombe
Umuahia Township Stadium Abia