INSIDEMAINLAND – In a bid to further develop sports facilities and infrastructure within the state, the Lagos State Government will open eight new stadiums across the states starting from May 2022.
This development aims to boost sports at the grassroots, according to officials of the state’s Sports Commission.
Apart from stadiums, Lagos has embarked on massive infrastructure development across different zones to ensure that rising sportsmen and women get the facilities to sharpen their skills.
Speaking at the weekend at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Director General of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Toyin Gafar, said that work is now at an advanced stage in five of the eight new stadiums, while construction work will soon start in the remaining three.
Work is already in progress on the mainland as the stadiums are located in Igogbo, Ikorodu, Badagry, Ifako Ijaye Sports centre, Ajeromi Stadium, Ajegunle and Epe, while the proposed sites to be used in Mile 12, Sari Iganmu, Igando and Ogombo, Lekki, will begin in the coming weeks.
“The target in each of the stadium is 5,000 capacity but we start gradually with 1,200 and leave room for regular upgrading depending on the responses of fans. There will be tracks in each of the stadia. We believe there will be an improvement in youth participation in sports by the time we get these facilities running,” he said.
Gafar also revealed plans for two additional Olympic size swimming pools in the state.
He said: “One of the swimming pools is at Rowe Park in Yaba and work on it is 80 per cent completed, while the other at Teslim Balogun Stadium will be given a facelift to conform with international standard.”
“We are doing all these to create an enabling environment for coaches all over the state to groom talents from the very tender age without much logistics on facilities,” Gafar added.