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A New Stadium for Nigeria

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As shown by the success of the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa, the significant role stadiums can play in enriching the lives of locals once the final whistle has gone is increasingly appreciated across the African continent.

Architect Gbenga Awolere
Architect Gbenga Awolere

A friend of Chronos Studeos, architect Gbenga Awolere, embarked in 2011 on a university thesis in which he designed a new stadium for Crown Football Club in Ogbomosho, Nigeria.

As Gbenga explains, one of his primary objectives was to “place Nigeria on a platform where she can stand out as a formidable force, to be reckoned with in terms of organizing and hosting international sporting competitions and other related events.”

Following Crown Football Club’s promotion to the national Premier League, it was deemed essential that a new stadium be built. This is because the previous stadium fell below the requirements for hosting football matches, as prescribed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

With a seating capacity of 25,000, the proposed new stadium would include players changing rooms, as well as a training pitch and other necessary spaces to enrich the lives of footballers and fans alike.

Teslim Balogun Stadium Lagos Nigeria

In need of existing case studies, which would aid the architect’s understanding of the design requirements of a stadium, his first point of call was the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos (pictured above).

In addition to this, the architect explored the designs of the City of Manchester Stadium (the Etihad Stadium) and, as a keen fan of Arsenal football club, the Emirates Stadium in London.

These case studies gave him an overview of the workings of a stadium and, after thorough analysis of zoning and orientation, spectator flow, players, managers, media interactions, parking, and many other design factors, he hit the design table with a sketch design concept (pictured below).

Crown Football Stadium Nigeria Concept

After much careful analysis of his concept and jurors’ reviews, he proceeded to the detailed design stage, producing plans, sections and elevations to convey his design.

Teslim Balogun Stadium Lagos Nigeria Ground Floor Plan
CLICK FOR A FULL SIZE IMAGE: The ground floor plan for the proposed Crown FC football stadium

 

Teslim Balogun Stadium Lagos Nigeria Second Floor Plan
CLICK FOR A FULL SIZE IMAGE: The second floor plan for the Crown FC football stadium which was produced after architect Gbenga Awolere studied the designs of several major stadiums across the world

 

Teslim Balogun Stadium Lagos Nigeria Section 1 Plan
CLICK FOR A FULL SIZE IMAGE: Gbenga Awolere’s design for Section 1 of the Crown FC stadium includes exhaustive detail, such as water efficiency targets and energy efficiency targets

 

Teslim Balogun Stadium Lagos Nigeria Second Roof Plan
CLICK FOR A FULL SIZE IMAGE: The roof plan of Crown FC’s new stadium

 

The design for the section through the double seating tiers pinpoints the smallest to biggest details, from the suspension cabling to the huge video screen which allows everyone inside the stadium to see instant replays of the on-field action
CLICK FOR A FULL SIZE IMAGE: The design for the section through the double seating tiers pinpoints the smallest to biggest details, from the suspension cabling to the huge video screen which allows everyone inside the stadium to see instant replays of the on-field action

The most fascinating part of this project was the architect’s amazing attention to details. He went further to showcase the architectural design and construction features, even right up to the pitch drainage systems.

Aware of the reputation of Chronos Studeos for producing high end, quality works, we were contacted by Gbenga Awolere to produce the 3D visualizations you see below.

These sneak renderings show an amazing stadium which is truly fit for a new generation of Nigerian football stars.

And who knows? Maybe one day the work of architects such as Gbenga Awolere on stadia like this will ultimately help produce a new Nigerian football star to rival the likes of former Arsenal legend and two-times African Footballer of The Year (Nwankwo) Kanu.

CLICK IMAGES FOR FULL SIZE: Aerial shot 3D visualization done by the team @Chronos Studeos

CLICK FOR FULL SIZE IMAGES: Aerial shot 3D visualizations produced by the team @Chronos Studeos

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Comments (13)

hi
i am Debajeet Dasgupta,B.Arch 5th year student.I am currently working on my B.Arch Thesis on the topic’ Football Club. I have seen your Thesis and would like to know if it is possible for you to send your synopsis and soft copy for me to refer

Hi Debajeet. Thanks for visiting and for leaving your comment. You can contact architect Gbenga Awolere directly at gbengene1412@gmail.com and hopefully he will be able to help you regarding his thesis on the football stadium.

In the meantime, we wish you the very best for the future and hope you continue to visit our blog.

Debajeet Dasgupta kindly check your mail for your request. Hoping you will find it helpful.

nice work gbenga. my m.sc. thesis at univ of jos in 2007 is on a sports centre for the military. I emphasised covering large spaces using fabric architecture.

Hello Bitrus, should you need Gbenga’s input on your design, dont hesitate to mail him at gbengene1412@gmail.com and mention seeing his post on the Chronos Blog. I am sure he will be glad to help

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hello sir,

i am B.ARCH THIRD YEAR STUDENT , working on football stadium, and i liked your design an found it very informative.

thanks for uploading plans,sections etc….

lovely design though, and i don’t know if u can forward the thesis write ups to my email am also handling this same project for my final year project only my is a re-modelling programme for olu-badan stadium…… waiting for your favourable and promote response

Hi Oyelami. You can contact the Architect, Gbenga here https://www.facebook.com/AwolereGbengaSolomon?fref=ts

hi
i am Salim Sani 4th year student.I am currently working on my Bsc. Thesis on the topic’ Controlling of spectators in a stadium’. I have seen your Thesis and would like to know if it is possible for you to send your synopsis and soft copy for me to refer

hi Salim, Please contact the email indicated in the previous comments

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