Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium

The Sir Ignatius Kilage Sports Stadium is an association football stadium located in Lae, Papua New Guinea. It was named after Sir Ignatius Kilage who was the fourth Governor General of Papua New Guinea.[2] The stadium, which is part of the larger Sir Ignatius Kilage Sports Complex, features 500 grandstand seats plus an additional 1,000 bench seats.[3] It is the home stadium of the Papua New Guinea National Soccer League Southern Conference.[4]

Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium
Full nameSir Ignatius Kilage Stadium
LocationMarkham Road, Voco Point
Lae, Papua New Guinea[1]
Coordinates6°44′08″S 147°00′24″E / 6.735616°S 147.006596°E / -6.735616; 147.006596
Papua New Guinea National Soccer League
Papua New Guinea national football team
Stadium hosting a concert in 2011

History edit

The stadium was first built in 1990 for the 1991 South Pacific Games. In 2016, the stadium underwent an extensive restoration in preparation for the 2016 Papua New Guinea games.[5]

Notable events edit

The stadium has hosted matches of the Papua New Guinea national football team, including a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification fixture against the Solomon Islands in June 2017.[6]

It was originally announced that the stadium would undergo renovations and be a venue for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.[7] However, it was not one of the final venues chosen for the tournament.[8]

In 2003 and 2005 the Oceania Area Championships in Athletics were held at the stadium.

References edit

  1. ^ "Soccerway profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  2. ^ "About the Governor General". Governor General of Papua New Guinea. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Sir Ignatius Kilage". Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  4. ^ Naime, Quintina. "Dwellers crush Rapatona in first away game". Loop PNG. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Sir Kilage Stadium Upgrade". EMTV. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  6. ^ "PNG vs. Solomon Islands". FIFA. Archived from the original on August 19, 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Sport: Venue upgrades underway for PNG World Cup". Radio NZ. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Stakeholders confident moving forward". Oceania Football Confederation. Retrieved 2 April 2017.

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