National Heroes Stadium

Heroes National Stadium[2] is a multi-purpose stadium in Lusaka, Lusaka Province, Zambia. It is currently used mostly for football matches and hosts the home matches of the Zambia national football team. The stadium holds 60,000 spectators. It opened in 2014. The name of the stadium refers to the 1993 Zambia national football team air disaster which took the lives of most of its national football team.

Heroes National Stadium
Inauguration of Edgar Lungu.jpg
Cross-sectional view
Former namesGabon Disaster Heroes National Stadium
LocationLusaka, Lusaka Province, Zambia
Coordinates15°22′10″S 28°16′22″E / 15.369507°S 28.272641°E / -15.369507; 28.272641Coordinates: 15°22′10″S 28°16′22″E / 15.369507°S 28.272641°E / -15.369507; 28.272641
TypeMulti-purpose stadium
Capacity60,000[2]
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground10 January 2011
Built2011–2014
Opened2014
Construction costUS$94 million[1]
Main contractorsShanghai Construction Company
Tenants
Zambia national football team

HistoryEdit

Upon completion of construction in 2013, it was originally named the Gabon Disaster Heroes National Stadium because of this, but the ruling Patriotic Front government was pressured to change the name by the populace.

GeographyEdit

 
View of Heroes Stadium from Zanimone Compound.

The stadium's exact-location is in Lusaka, Lusaka Province (Zambia's Capital City), just by its border with Chibombo District, Central Province on the Great North Road, according to Zambia's Provincial-Border drawings.[3] [4]

The Heroes National Stadium is located right next to where the refurbished Independence Stadium and the Heroes Acres Memorial where the players who died in the Gabon air disaster in 1993 are buried.[3]

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