Each of four stadiums is expected to cost on average 300 million, with one in Akaki-Kality estimated at 1.6 billion birr.

By Dawit Endeshaw |

Addis Ababa is to launch construction for five more stadiums, adding to the two existing ones – Yidnekachew Tessema (a.k.a. Addis Ababa) and Abebe Bikila stadiums, without any feasibility study.

Four of the five are zonal stadiums which will be constructed in the districts (sub-cities) of Yeka, Nifas Silk Lafto, Bole and Gullele . The zonal stadiums have a prototype design of 40,000sqm, 70,000sqm and 110,000sqm, in their order, whereas the plot for Gullele is not yet secured. Each of the stadiums has a carrying capacity of 30,000 people.

Despite the approach being taken by the Addis Ababa City Youth & Sport Bureau – fitting the zonal stadiums to space availed by the districts, a study done by Ministry of Urban Development & Housing, prescribes that a standard zonal stadium should rest on 113,080sqm, discounting additional space required for parking and other purposes.

Securing the land had been the priority of the Bureau since its establishment in 2015, following the federal restructuring of the new Ministry of Sport & Youth. In its six month life span, the new office has identified and agreed on the location of plots in the Bole, Yeka and Gullele districts.

The location in Bole district will be situated next to Balderas, while the ones in Gullele and Yeka will be built on plots near Kechene Medhanealem and Ferensay Legasion around the French Embassy.

The process of securing the land is well-advanced; in Nifas Silk Lafto district, it necessitated relocating 24 private houses and 54 government-owned entities. The site in Bole has already reached the stage where contractors have been invited to bid for the work and 20 companies have shown interest.

“We are pushing a project that has lagged for the past five years,” Asnake Muleta, deputy head of the Bureau told Fortune. “We’re undertaking the project on a fast track implementation system by escaping some bureaucratic procedures using shortcuts.” Going into construction without any feasibility study is one of the shortcuts considered.

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