Accra Sports Stadium


Accra Sports Stadium
Accra Sports Stadium
Ohene Djan stadium, Accra.jpg
Former names Ohene Djan Sports Stadium
Location Accra, Ghana
Capacity 40,000[1][1]
Tenants
Great Olympics
Hearts of Oak

Accra Sports Stadium is a multi-use, 40,000 all-seater stadium in Accra, Ghana, mostly used for association football matches. Originally known as the Accra Sports Stadium, the stadium was renamed after Ohene Djan, the country's first Director of Sports, in 2004. Its renaming was quite controversial and opposed by many in Accra's Ga community who felt that a prominent Ga should be given the honor since the stadium is a centerpiece of downtown Accra.[2] There has been ongoing controversy about the name of the stadium. On June 16 2011, the name 'Ohene Djan Stadium' on the stadium building was changed to 'Accra Sports Stadium' without any official announcement.[3]

As a designated venue of some of the 2008 African Cup of Nations matches, the stadium was rebuilt, upgraded and modernized to meet FIFA standards. Work on the stadium was completed in October 2007. It was inaugurated with a four-nations tournament that Ghana won (the Zenith Cup).

The stadium is also the home of one of Africa's most popular clubs, Hearts of Oak as well as Great Olympics, but Ghana's national team matches are sometimes played there.

During the 2000 African Cup of Nations in Ghana and Nigeria, the stadium hosted 9 matches,[4] and was also the venue of the 1978 final.

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Coordinates: 5°33′05.51″N 0°11′30.36″W / 5.5515306°N 0.1917667°W / 5.5515306; -0.1917667

Preceded by
Addis Ababa Stadium
Addis Ababa
African Cup of Nations
Final Venue

1978
Succeeded by
National Stadium
Lagos
Preceded by
Cairo International Stadium
Cairo
African Cup of Nations
Final Venue

2008
Succeeded by
Estádio Cidade Universitária
Luanda

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