The Kamuzu Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Blantyre, Malawi. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 65,000 people, maximum for football. This can be limited for safety reasons. Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers are tenants.
Exterior of stadium
|Stadium||Act Global Artificial Turf, FIFA Certified|
The stadium was originally named Rangeley Stadium during the colonial era to commemorate British civil servant William H. J. Rangeley. It later became known as Kamuzu Stadium, after Malawi's first President, Hastings Kamuzu Banda, when Malawi gained independence from Britain. The main stands were designed and drawn by L Jeffery and Steve Price, the works completed in 1968. After Kamuzu's presidency, the name was changed to Chichiri Stadium under President Bakili Muluzi; however, under Muluzi's successor, Bingu wa Mutharika, the name Kamuzu Stadium was restored in 2004.
FIFA through its GOAL programme has sponsored the renovation of the natural grass pitch into a synthetic football pitch. This artificial turf field, called Xtreme Turf, has been manufactured and installed by Act Global.
- Owen Kalinga, The Historical Dictionary of Malawi, page 411.
- "Malawian president orders three facilities named after founding father Banda", BBC Monitoring International Reports, September 15, 2004.
- Zawadi Chilunga, "Mutharika regrets JB's snub in power handover: Muluzi cheered" Archived 2014-06-06 at the Wayback Machine, Nyasa Times, 2 June 2014.
- Illustrated BBC World Service story about an AIDS awareness event held at Kamuzu
- Photos at worldstadiums.com
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