The developers of Nakivubo Stadium are making significant progress in their efforts to upgrade the facility, in line with their promises. Recent images from the stadium showcase the completion of work on the technical benches, with fixed seats now installed in the VIP and VVIP sections.
A total of 40 VIP boxes have been equipped with seats, with approximately 85 percent of the work on them already finished.
Even those who have expressed doubts about the project’s quality on various online platforms may soon find it difficult to criticize as the refurbishment moves closer to completion, with all necessary amenities being put in place.
Structural engineer Ivan Ssewankambo reported that the perimeter fence and the markings for the netball and basketball courts, situated on either side of the football pitch’s curves, have also been completed. Work on their foundations is currently underway, along with the finalization of the dressing rooms, drainage channel cover, and the installation of floodlights.
The floodlight towers, fabricated, erected, and fixed, are now in place, marking 80 percent completion of this aspect of the project. The remaining task involves mounting the floodlights.
Both the turf and floodlights were procured from a Turkish company, Phoenix, though the steel bars used in the project were sourced locally in Uganda.
Ssewankambo clarified, “Most of the materials were imported from Turkey due to their FIFA-approved licenses for some of these installations. While these are minor installations, the bulk of the work has been carried out by Ugandans. Only the turf, seats, including those in the executive boxes, were imported and integrated into our team.”
Additionally, Lemo, a FIFA-licensed company based in Switzerland specializing in goal-line technology installation, has visited and will return with a layout based on the stadium’s designs.
“We are awaiting their preliminary designs so that we can incorporate provisions for the conduits. This will enable us to install cables for the goal-line technology, and they will return to inspect the work. They will also provide us with the standard dimensions for the VAR room for us to prepare accordingly,” stated Ssewankambo.