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Official Review by Alonge Akinlolu, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
This is an edifice every Akwa Ibom indigene is proud of, a brand new stadium which sits on 48 hectares of land and was opened on the 7th of November, 2014.
It has been proposed that the two local football clubs (Akwa Starlet & Akwa United) playing in the top leagues in Nigeria will now use the Akwa Ibom Stadium as their home ground. Akwa Starlet compete in the Nigeria National League and are on the verge of gaining promotion to the Premier League.
Akwa United play in the elite league in Nigeria, the Nigeria Professional Football League. Fans of Akwa United will certainly be glad to see local football games in the new stadium.
The stadium has a capacity of 30,000 and was modeled after Allianz Arena. It was officially opened by the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, after which a football match between Nigeria and Ghana was played.
The outer covering of the $96 million stadium encircles the whole spectator stand and adds to the beauty. Akwa Ibom Stadium can host either soccer or track and field events.
The facility boasts a bulletproof VIP stand, and top notch media facilities. The experience of the two scoreboards gives you a unique experience compared to other stadiums in Nigeria. Akwa Ibom Stadium also has a standby power supply system, helipad, ambulance bay, and two dressing rooms.
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The Akwa Ibom Stadium has carefully planned concessions. For visitors at the stadium, getting quality food and beverage is very easy. There are kiosks and restaurants on the ground floor of the stadium complex that offer beverages, snacks, and food.
The atmosphere at the Akwa Ibom Stadium, nicknamed the 'Nest of Champions,' is electric. Nigerians, especially fans from Akwa Ibom, are so proud of the stadium and the joy in the stands has an effect that creates a wow factor. Local fans are quick to tell any visitor so much about their state and the stadium. The fans cheer their team (national team or local team) all through the duration of the match. They make the supporters of the visitors feel jealous with their continuous cheers. It'll most definitely be a tradition at the Akwa Ibom Stadium as the Nest of Champions welcome visitors from around the continent, and the world.
Everywhere in the state of Akwa Ibom things look neat. The roads look good, as do the people. For a new visitor to Akwa Ibom state, you should be ready for a fresh experience that you'll remember for a long time. The people are very friendly, but their food is what a lot of visitors look forward to. The stadium is located on the outskirts of the city of Uyo, and the beauty of the Akwa Ibom Stadium is worth the visit.
Since this is a new stadium it's most likely that many expressions at other stadium in the state will be carried to the Akwa Ibom Stadium. Music and dance is a unique way for the fans to express themselves during a live match, so don't be surprised when you see such a scene at the Akwa Ibom Stadium.
Driving to the stadium is easy to navigate, and there is plenty of parking space at the stadium. If you aren't driving, then two easy options are either to get a cab or a tricycle from wherever you are in Uyo, and be rest assured that you'll have a safe trip to Akwa Ibom Stadium.
Experiencing the Allianz Arena in Uyo is an extra, being the only stadium with such a design in Nigeria makes it a stand out. Apart from the fact that it's a new stadium you can be rest assured that you'll always see the stadium as new each time you visit the Akwa Ibom Stadium.
Extra points for the warm reception you'll get from indigene of Akwa Ibom, as well as the halftime entertainment, and the continuous music and dance from the Uyo fans are things you should look forward to.
Member Review by ujoinme on Nov 18, 2014
Very Nice stadium will definitely repeat
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