Stadium built by China in Cabo Verde due to open on 5 July 2014

13 November 2013

Cabo Verde’s (Cape Verde’s) National Stadium, built with funding from China on the outskirts of the country’s capital, Praia, will be officially inaugurated on 5 July, 2014, the 39th anniversary of the archipelago’s independence, the Cape Verdean Prime Minister said Tuesday.

“We intend to turn this stadium into a public business so that it can be managed in a professional way and to ensure its sustainability,” said José Maria das Neves, noting that, after the official opening the stadium can host international competitions.

The new national stadium, the contract for which was signed in November 2009 and work began a year later, can be used for a variety of sports, including athletics.

The stadium, the Prime Minister added, is the start of construction of a “Sports City” on the island of Santiago, “and there is the idea of building a multipurpose pavilion and a training centre and to create conditions for developing ocean sports.”

The National Stadium, which was built by Chinese workers, covers an area of 11,530 square metres, has FIFA-authorised Astroturf and an athletics track. It has a seated spectator capacity of 15,000, 5,000 of which are under cover.

The stadium’s construction cost around 12.6 million euros and was funded by donations and interest-free loans provided by the Chinese government as part of economic and technical cooperation agreements signed by the two countries. (macauhub)