The Nigerian “Super Eagles” are one of the most successful national football teams in Africa. Since November 2014, this successful team has also had an ultramodern new home ground, the “Akwa Ibom Stadium”, which fully complies with European safety standards and FIFA recommendations. With 30,000 covered seats and a transparent façade made of backlit acrylic glass, not only does the arena stage international football matches, it also plays host to major social, cultural and religious events. The Stadium is situated in Uyo, the capital of the Nigerian federal state of Akwa Ibom. The contract for the general planning was awarded to the German company Julius Berger International from Wiesbaden, while ASS Planungs GmbH was responsible for the architectural design. Responsibility for its construction and execution lies with Julius Berger Nigeria.
Construction engineers decided on a concrete skeleton, with steel trussed girders forming the load-bearing elements for the façade and roof. The translucent elliptical envelope around the spectator seating area was made from 15-millimetre acrylic glass; the façade of the grandstand likewise consists of acrylic glass, but features vertical panels to form a counterpart to the elliptical external envelope.
The “Super Eagles” play football on real grass, whilst competitions and training sessions for track and field athletes are held on synthetic surfaces from Polytan. For the 400-metre oval track with eight lanes, the German sports surface specialist installed around 9,500 square metres of Polytan M in classic brick red. Furthermore, the fast and optimally cushioned surface used in Uyo is IAAF Class 1-certified, which means that the water-impermeable synthetic surface is suitable for top-flight international athletics events with recognised records. A six-lane training track likewise consists of Polytan M and is situated outside the stadium. (Picture: Julius Berger Nigeria Plc)