National Heroes Stadium

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Heroes National Stadium
Inauguration of Edgar Lungu.jpg
Cross-sectional view
Former names Gabon Disaster Heroes National Stadium
Location Lusaka, Zambia
Type Multi-purpose stadium
Capacity 60,000[1]
Construction
Opened 2014
Main contractors Shanghai Construction Company
Tenants
Zambia national football team

Heroes National Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Lusaka, Zambia. It is currently used mostly for football matches and hosts the home matches of the Zambia national football team. The stadium holds 60,000[2] spectators. It opened in 2014. The name of the stadium refers to the 1993 Zambia national football team air disaster which took the lives of most of its national football team.

Upon completion of construction in 2013, it was originally named the Gabon Disaster Heroes National Stadium because of this, but the ruling Patriotic Front government was pressured to change the name by the populace.

An aerial view of the stadium

Naming of the stadium

Twenty Cabinet ministers sat came to an agreement to name the newly constracted Lusaka stadium as Gabon Disaster Heroes National Stadium this was in honour of our national football team that perished in 1993 while on national duty. A lot of Zambia have expressed shock and disappointment at the name.

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