Tanzania National Main Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Dar es SalaamTanzania. It opened in 2007 and was built adjacent to Uhuru Stadium, the former national stadium. It hosts major football matches such as the Tanzanian Premier League and home matches of the Tanzania national football team.

With 60,000 seats it is the eleventh largest stadium in Africa and the largest stadium in Tanzania. It is owned by the Tanzanian Government. The stadium was built by Beijing Construction Engineering Group at a cost of $56 million.

History

In 2000, President Benjamin Mkapa promised to build a state of the art stadium before the end of his tenure in 2005; saying that it was shameful for the country not to have a modern arena.[4] In January 2003, the government announced a tender for the construction of a new stadium to replace the dilapidated Uhuru Stadium. Sports Minister Juma Kapuyasaid that the government had set a budget of $60 million and eleven companies had bid for the project.[5]

In 2004, Vinci Construction, a French company won the tender with a bid of $154 million. Under pressure from theBretton Woods Institutions, Tanzania reluctantly abandoned the project as it had received debt relief under the Highly Indebted Poor Countries Program. Deborah Brautigam in her book The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africawrites, "To the Bretton Woods Institutions, building a modern stadium in a poor country with an annual per capita income of $330 seemed a bit like the Romans building a new Coliseum with the barbarians camped outside the city wall."[6]

In June 2004, Foreign Minister Jakaya Kikwete signed a $56 million contract with the Chinese Government,[4] who provided a grant of about $20 million.[6][7] A Chinese Embassy official described it as a "special aid project".[6] Beijing Construction Engineering Group was awarded the contract.[8] The International Monetary Fund objected that the cost had not been included in the country's annual Public Expenditure Review to its major donors.[6]

In June 2006, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao paid a visit to the construction site.[9] The Daily News reported that Tanzania contributed TSh 25 billion of the total cost of TSh 56.4 billion.[10] In September 2007, the stadium hosted theGroup 7 qualifying match between Taifa Stars and the Mozambican team for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.[11]

It served as the end point for the 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay in Dar es Salaam. Tanzania was the torch's only stop on the African continent.[12] The stadium was inaugurated by Chinese President Hu Jintao and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete during the former's state visit to Tanzania in February 2009.[13]

Following the 2011 Dar es Salaam explosions at an army base, at least 4,000 people sought shelter at the stadium.[14]China formally handed over the Phase I of the complex in July 2013.[15]

Stadium

It has five main entrances, a car park for 600 vehicles, 114 closed-circuit television cameras, a VIP lounge and an extendable roof.[2]

The pitch size, as lined for association football, is 105m long by 68 metres wide.

Future expansion

Phase Two of the project will entail the construction of an indoor stadium, warm-up ground and a sports village/college

University of Dar es Salaam’s Nkrumah Hall on Monday 13th April 2015 became a national heritage site following the government’s approval of the renowned structure. The hall joins other 128 buildings and areas that are conserved across the country and its approval coincided with revealing debates on land and privatization during the ongoing seventh Mwalimu Nyerere Intellectual festival at the institution.

Mtera Dam is the largest hydroelectric dam in Tanzania. It measures 660 square kilometres (250 sq mi) at full capacity. The lake is 56 kilometres (35 mi) long, and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) wide, and is feed by the Great Ruaha River and the Kisigo River. It was built from 1975 to 1979 for the purpose of regulating water level at the downstream at the Ruaha installed Kidatu Hydro-electric Dam. Its capacity is 80 megawatts (110,000 hp).

Mtera Dam is a hydroelectric dam in Tanzania. The dam is located midway between Iringa and Dodoma on the border between the Iringa Region and the Dodoma Region. The travel time from Dodoma is about three hours on a gravel road.

Largest bridge in Tanzania

Mkapa Bridge is the longest bridge in Tanzania across the Rufiji River. It was financed through a US$ 30 million loan from the Kuwait FundOPEC and the Government of Saudi Arabia.[1]

At inauguration in 2003, it was amongst the longest road bridges in east and southern Africa.[2] The construction of the bridge has helped immensely in connecting the southern regions to other important areas of the country.[3] It is named after Benjamin Mkapa, the third President of Tanzania

The PSPF in 2015 surpassing Times tower in Nairobi, which once held the crown for tallest building in East Africa, stands at a height of 140m, a whole 12 metres shorter than the PSPF towers. 

We should be proud of ourselves, while it lasts. Britam of Kenya is already putting up a 190+ metres structure in Nairobi!

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