Point of Interest

Accra Sports Stadium

Ghana / Africa

The Accra Sports Stadium, formerly named the Ohene Djan Stadium, is a multi-use stadium with a capacity to seat 40,000.  It is mainly used for association football matches, but also for Rugby Union.  The stadium was inaugurated in 1962 with a football match played between Accra XI and Kumasi XI. Originally known as the Accra Sports Stadium, the stadium was renamed after Ohene Djan (1924-87), the country’s first Director of Sports, after renovations in 2004.  The renaming was quite controversial and opposed by the Ga people and the controversy continues.  On 16 June 2011 the name ‘Ohene Djan Stadium’ on the stadium building was changed to ‘Accra Sports Stadium’ without any official announcement by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly supported by the National Democratic Congress Government. It has since been reverted.

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