The ongoing 17,000 seat All covered stadium in the oil city of Eket in Akwa Ibom South District has reached the roofing and cladding level, the special fibre glass cladding materials which were imported from Europe, was delayed due to the covid 19, the materials are expected to arrive Eket before the end of the year,
The stadium is expected to be open for use by the first quarter of 2021. meanwhile work is ongoing at the site in preparation for the arrival of the expected materials from Abroad, The FIFA standard synthetic turf has been laid, the tartan tracks are ongoing, the 17,000 seats have already arrived and will be installed as soon as the roofing is done to avoid Damage. This Stadium will complement the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, and the ikot Ekpene Stadium. the Godswill Akpabio Stadium is Home of the Uyo Based NPFL club side Akwa United FC www.akwaunitedfc.com and Female Team Ibom Angels FC while the Ikot Ekpene stadium is home to Vandrezzer FC www.vandrezzerfc.com, The new Eket Stadium is expected to become the home grounds of Dakkada FC. The completion of this new edifice will bring Verve to the sports community in the state and the nation Nigeria at large.
This Stadium facility besides meeting FIFA standards for international soccer Which Akwa Ibom is famous for, is also expected to meet international athletics federation IAAF Standards for Athletics , Which is Expected in turn to help revive the famous Exxon Mobil track and field events which the city of Eket Used to Host
The Old Uyo township Stadium which has a 10,000 seating capacity is also Undergoing renovation and the turf is being laid by one of Nigeria’s finest indigenous turf masters monimichelle LTD , who did the Enyimba and Bayelsa Stadium Turf.
When completed Akwa Ibom will have 4 FIFA rated stadiums spread evenly in the 3 senatorial district with Uyo the state capital having two.
this will set the stage for the State football league which is in the works.