Things to Know About The Lagos Arena

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The 12,000 capacity multipurpose sports and entertainment arena currently ongoing in Lagos is set to be the first multipurpose arena in Africa. The project is a partnership between Live Nation, OVG Persianas Group, and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

According to sources familiar with the project, the Multipurpose Sports and Creative Arena will serve as a state-of-the-art facility designed to accommodate a diverse range of activities, including sporting events, artistic performances, conferences, and exhibitions.

The arena’s multifaceted design underscores its commitment to fostering collaboration and inclusivity across various sectors, transcending traditional boundaries to nurture a vibrant ecosystem of talent and creativity.

The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo Olu during the groundbreaking of the project remarked that the arena will compete with other world class arenas such as the London O2 Arena and X Arena, though the Lagos Arena has distinctive features.

He wrote in his X account “The creative industry story is a pride to us all. Here we have the talent, we have the boldness to take Nigeria to the world. The creative industry deserves applause from us all,” he said.

“Inspired by global standards, this purpose-built marvel will have an indoor capacity of 12,000 people, elevating Lagos to the forefront of the global events space. We welcome strategic projects like this with the completion timeline set for December 2025”.

“The Lagos Arena is not just a building; it’s a beacon of possibilities for our entertainment industry and is setting the stage for world-class entertainment”.

“Drawing inspiration from iconic arenas around the world yet distinguishing itself, The Lagos Arena is designed to be a jewel in Nigeria’s crown. The aim is to bring Lagos up to par with its global peers, making it a go-to destination for premier international events”, He added.

Considering how the Nigerian entertainment industry is making waves on the global stage, one will be right to say that the Lagos Arena will not meet up with the expectations of the music giants such as Davido, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Rhema and several others who have on several occasions sold out the O2 Arena which has 20,000 capacity.

The Lagos multipurpose arena will be the latest addition for Africa, with recent additions such as the BK Arena in Rwanda and the Dakar Arena in Senegal successfully hosting some of the largest sporting events in Africa – and growing Africa’s eventing credential in the process.

The BK Arena, for instance, opened in 2019 and has hosted the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket Finals and the Youth Connekt Summit, among other mega-events. The BK Arena is one of the venues hosting the Basketball Africa League.

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