Stadium of the Week – Stade Léopold Sédar Sengh – Senegal

In 1985 a new national stadium in Senegal was built in Dakar with the name ‘Stade de l’Amitié’ which translates as ‘Stadium of Friendship’. However in 2001 it was decided that the stadium should bear the name of the most famous Senegalese poet of all time (who also so happened to be their former Prime Minister) Léopold Sédar Senghor. He died in the same year and the stadium has been known as the Stade Léopold Sédar Sengh ever since.

The stadium was built with some help from the Chinese government and was made for multi-purpose use to house not only football but athletics, concerts and other major events (including traditional Senegalese wrestling…).

This single-tiered stadium currently has a capacity of roughly 60,000 but it has been known to hold a lot more due to a lack of seats! It has hosted an African Cup of Nations Final in 1992 but more recently it was on the news for a riot involving Senegal and Ivory Coast in 2012. _63483594_63480403With Ivory Coast winning 2-0 the home fans started setting fires and throwing objects on to the pitch. The violence erupted after Ivorian striker Didier Drogba had scored his second goal from the penalty spot, with about 15 minutes left to play. This meant almost certain elimination for Senegal.

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