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The new arena in Rwandan capital Kigali is the biggest in East Africa and will host concerts, sporting events and exhibitions
By Anna Grace on 02 Aug 2019
Kigali Arena, a multi-purpose live entertainment facility with a seated capacity of 10,000, has been completed and is set to open in the Rwandan capital.
The new event space is among the top ten largest indoor venues in Africa, and the biggest in the Eastern Africa region. It is located next to the multi-purpose Amahoro National Stadium (30,000-cap.).
The arena contains 13 cafes and bars, restaurants, a media hall and a fitness centre, covering an area of 28,000 square metres.
The semi-finals and final of the inaugural Basketball Africa League (BAL) will take place in the arena in March 2020, as well as the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Championships in 2021.
The venue will also host concerts, conferences and exhibitions.
“[Prior to the Kigali Arena] we had no proper arena to host big competitions, festivals and concerts”
“[Prior to the Kigali Arena] we had no proper arena to host big competitions, festivals and concerts,” says John Ntigengwa of the Rwandan ministry for sports and culture, adding the venue is “a great addition”.
The arena is a joint venture between the Rwandan government and Turkish investment company Summa.
Kigali Arena joins a host of other indoor arenas throughout the continent, including the 20,000-capacity Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex in Egypt and Ticketpro Dome in South Africa.
French media conglomerate Vivendi has strengthened its presence in Africa over the past few years, opening 13 CanalOlympia venues, which double as cinemas and live performance spaces, across the continent.
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