Mandela National Stadium or Namboole Stadium as it’s commonly called in Uganda was built with a grant of $36 million dollars from the People’s Republic of China. The 40,202 capacity sports complex was originally called Namboole Stadium, getting its name from the name of the hill on which it was built. It was later named after the former South African president and African Nationalist, Nelson Mandela.
The stadium was opened in 1997 with a concert by Lucky Dube, a legendary South African reggae artist.
In 2020, the stadium was blacklisted from hosting football matches due to a substandard state. This promoted the government of Uganda to embark on a refurbishing campaign which saw the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Engineering Brigade start the refurbishment in 2022. The work included the installation of a permanent seats in the stadium, new dressing rooms, scoreboard, as well as refreshing the floodlights and the pitch
The Mandela National Stadium Limited is a Public liability company incorporated under the laws of Uganda with two shareholders (The Ministry of Education and Sports, and the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development). The new company was incorporated as a limited liability Company in 1999 with a share capital of Shs, 100,000,000.
Mandela National Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium situated at Namboole, 8km on the Kampala – Jinja Highway.
In 2019, this facility was closed with no further sports activities to pave the way for the renovation and rehabilitation done by the engineering brigade of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).
This commenced with the securing of the three land titles for arguably the biggest sports amenity in Uganda on block 234 plot 1334 (1.660 hectares), block 234 plot 6086 (12.6410 hectares) and block 234 plot 6087 (35.899 hectares).
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Then followed the exterior perimeter fencing of the entire facility which sits on over 120 acres of land.
The Stadium has the following facilities: Advertising Space, Office Space, Multipurpose Halls, Gardens, Football Pitches, International Standard Athletics Track,Volley Ball Courts, Table Tennis 8 tables, Basket Ball Court and Gymnasium.