The Akwa Ibom International Stadium is an all-seater national sports stadium located in Uyo, the state capital of Akwa Ibom. The stadium was officially opened in November 2014. It has been slated to host the AFCON qualifying series against South Africa on 17 November.
In 2012, the contract for the construction of the Akwa Ibom International Stadium complex and Games Village was awarded to Julius Berger, a structural engineering firm based in Nigeria. This firm was were responsible for the architectural design, execution planning, as well as constructional supervision of the stadium, and maintenance.
The 30,000 seater ultra modern multipurpose sports complex was modeled after Allianz Arena. The stadium seats on 48 hectares of land and has some unique features such as bullet proof VIP/VVIP sections, collapsable seats, two digital score boards, digital playback screens, digital flood lights, and 30 emergency exits.
The stadium structure is in two phases which includes a 400m-running track for athletic events, and is the pilot part of Uyo Sports Park development, and is enclosed by a white triangular-shaped outer covering that encircles the whole spectator stand. The East Stand and Curves can seat approximately 22,500 people. The Governors’ Lounge has sitting capacity for between 30 and 40 VVIPs and is located in the Grand Stand on Level Two. The Grand Stand can comfortably accommodate about 7,500 spectators, including the VIP/VVIPs. There is also a six-lane track built specifically for athletes to train.
On November 7, 2014, the crowd started thronging the stadium about five hours before the inauguration ceremony. As a result of the entrance stampede incident, two people were taken to hospital.