The Federal Government of Nigeria approved the contract for the construction of the National Stadium complex and Games Village on 18 July 2000.The stadium was constructed to host the 8th All Africa Games which took place in October 2003.
The Federal Government of Nigeria approved the contract for the construction of the National Stadium complex and Games Village on 18 July 2000.
Following its commissioning was the final leg of preparations for the games.
The games that year were the largest in All Africa Games history; 6,000 athletes from 53 countries competed in 22 sports, watched over by 1,200 officials.
On 12 June 2019, President Muhammad Buhari announced the change of the name of the National Stadium, Abuja to Moshood Abiola National Stadium.
President Muhammad Buhari made this pronouncement during his speech at the Democracy Day celebration on Wednesday at the Eagle Square, Abuja covered by a lightweight roof construction.
However, construction went very smoothly and ended up being ahead of schedule.
As a matter of fact, the stadium was scheduled to be the host center for the Miss World Beauty Pageant that took place later in 2002.
The Federal Government of Nigeria embarked on a multimillion-dollar project for the construction of a state-of-the-art stadium and games village to be completed in time to host the All Africa Games.
The contract was awarded on 18 July 2000 from a choice list of about 80 different bidders. Citizens and athletes had doubts as to whether the completion of the stadium was feasible before the games.
A total of 6,300 precast elements were produced in the company’s production yard 15 kilometers away.
The towers are connected on the top by a 2.50 m high and 2.00 m wide hollow concrete ring beam with a wall thickness of 0.35 m.