The National Stadium located in Lagos will get a new look before the end of 2022, which seems to be the ultimate determination of Contractors Ideal Sports which is a Sports and facilities installation and management company. They will be handling the rehabilitation of the stadium and will be laying the tracks which would be completed in four weeks time. If this estimates are correct, then we should be getting a stadium make-over before the end of November 2022. Joseph Ayinla who is Ideal sport’s Track technical specialist responded to the press questions when asked about the installation of tracks in the stadium;
“The first stage that commenced last week is the elastic layer (e-layer) stage, which will be followed with the sealant stage to make the tracks impermeable to water and other fluids. The third stage will be the coating stage. “After all these have been done, a certified world athletics tracks marker will then do the markings. There will be a nine lane running track and the strip for jumps, which is for long and triple jumps,”
Ayinla said. The track technical specialist was part of the team that laid the last tracks at the stadium in 1998, 24 years ago, and has been involved in the laying of such facilities in some other top class arena in the country and beyond. Already, there has been the installation of a digital scoreboard and a revamping of the football pitch of the stadium by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement and the adopt a pitch initiative put in place by the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare.
On the rehabilitation of the terraces, the minister confirmed that progress is being made to source for the funds needed for the project. “Our adopt-a-pitch arrangement with Premier Lotto for the Lagos National Stadium covers the pitch, tracks and scoreboard and that is on course. We are also making progress in sourcing the funds to fix the terraces.”
This rennovation will boost the image of the National Stadium which has been due for changes.