June 14, 2024


The Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium will host the opening game of the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

The $257 million edifice will be the battle ground when hosts Ivory Coast face Guinea Bissau in a Group A encounter at 20:00 hours GMT.

Inaugurated on October 3, 2020, the Stadium has a seating capacity of 60,012 and is the largest in Ivory Coast.

The stadium was designed by the Beijing Institute Architectural Design.

It is situated between the communes of Ebimpé and Anyama, 20 kilometres north of central Abidjan.

The new stadium is envisioned to be an integral part of a sprawling 287-hectare sports city, set to become one of the largest sports and leisure districts in Africa.

Situated on a rectangular plot spanning 20 hectares, the stadium has auxiliary facilities that allows it to host multiple sports events like football, rugby and athletics.

These columns serve both as a striking façade and as support for the roof. At its peak, the stadium reaches a height of 51.4 meters, with approximate dimensions of 290 meters in length and 270 meters in width.

The stadium boasts an impressive blueprint covering over 61,250 square meters and offers five floors of facilities, particularly concentrated within the main stand.

The seating bowl is divided into three tiers, each providing 24 rows, 13 rows, and up to 28 rows from bottom to top, respectively. Only the third tier is not a continuous ring, featuring openings in all corners.

Despite the auditorium being topped by 32 spacious roof girders, the roof fully covers only the third tier and part of the second tier.



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