The construction of the Garuga stadium is still in progress

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The sports infrastructure element remains a key element in the progressive development process of several games at hand.

Talented athletes can be prepared with a combination of other factors such as the right training modules, with the desired equipment, personnel under the right nutrition (diet), and others.

But what matters most is where these athletes train and compete from.

Sports facilities (fields and stadiums) matter a lot and are a major concern time and time again.

In Uganda, rapid population growth has put immense pressure on available land resources, leading to scrabble as well as some land for residential, industrial, commercial and agricultural purposes.

Open spaces, classified green belts where sports grounds like stadiums and golf courses are disappearing at a dazzling pace with forced encroachment.

Therefore, any efforts undertaken to conserve the remaining green spaces are welcomed like a storm in hell.

Garuga Stadium in the village of Bugabo overlooks scenic Lake Victoria. (David Isabirye)

The construction of Garuga Stadium in Kateebe, Bugabo (Katabi City Council) next to the busy Kampala – Entebbe highway is gaining momentum.

Overlooking the gigantic Lake Victoria, two of the stadium’s stands are being erected with the foundation slab already laid on the other side.

For three years now, construction has been progressing gradually and many residents have benefited from it for having provided hard work on the site.

Many questions remain as to the ownership of this impressive facility.

For now, a certain David Kikomeko, based in South Africa, is running the show with a few muted stakeholders.

Construction work underway at Garuga Stadium. (David Isabirye)
Garuga Stadium in Kateebe-Bugabo (Credit: David Isabirye)

When completed, this stadium will be an all-seater arena with approximately 30,000 spectators.

This stadium will be able to accommodate a football field, an athletics track, four training grounds, tennis courts, volleyball and netball courts as well as an Olympic swimming pool.

Garuga Stadium is part of the solution to the limited sports facilities in Katabi City Council, Wakiso District and Uganda as a whole.

“We have approved this great project after considering the interesting development and huge benefits for Katabi City Council, Wakiso District and Uganda for some time,” said Katabi City Council Mayor Ronald Kalema. Bassamula’ekere, to Kawowo Sports in a previous interview.

Apart from the main stadium, there are also structures for educational equipment (Denva) whose construction has also started as well as the inauguration ceremony of the main facility.

Garuga Stadium will be used for football, volleyball, athletics, handball and netball. (David Isabirye)
Buildings adjacent to Garuga Stadium. (David Isabirye)

Other stadiums and sports grounds:

The area currently boasts of St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende which has also exceeded CAF and FIFA standards.

Other grounds in Wakiso District include Mandela National Stadium – Namboole (still under construction), Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium at Wakiso Resource Center, Kavumba Recreation Stadium, Works Playground, Bugonga Fishing Ground and others.

Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium is undergoing a major facelift and will only be available by 2024.

The MTN Omondi Stadium, home of KCCA Football Club, is also undergoing a massive renovation, but can host matches at the same time.

Central Uganda has other recognizable grounds which include Mutesa II Wankulukuku Stadium, FUFA Technical Center – Njeru, Kosovo Ground in Luweero, Mityana Ssaza Ground, Nakisunga Ssaza Ground (Mukono), PTC Kabulasoke (Gomba), Mpigi Police Field, UCU Mukono Field and Masaka Recreational Stadium, extra.

Elsewhere, Eastern Uganda has Kakindu Stadium in the heart of the industrial hub of Jinja City, Kyabazinga Stadium, Gaddafi Arena, Mbale Municipal Stadium, Kamuli Municipal Stadium, Iganga Ssaza Ground, Madibira Field (Busia) and the King George IV Memorial Stadium (Tororo).

Others are; St Paul’s Seminary Playground and Buhinga stadium (Fort Portal), Masindi Municipal Stadium, Green Light Stadium, Barokoro (Zombo), Barifa, Nyarilo – Koboko and the new Arua Hill Stadium (West Nile), Pece War Memorial Stadium (Gulu Town) , Akii Bua Stadium (Lira), Boma Grounds (Hoima), Soroti Ground, Kakyeka Stadium (Mbarara), Kyamate Grounds (Ntungamo) and Kabale Municipal Stadium (Kabale), among others.

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