The Tanzania Times
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AFCON 2027: Proposed New Stadium in Arusha to cost Over USD 112 Million

Located exactly half-way between Cape-Town and Cairo, Arusha, which also happens to be the seat of the East African Community, is about to get a new, modern and bigger stadium after more than 50 years.

The Tanzanian Government intends to name the proposed new arena in the Northern Zone after the country’s current President Samia Suluhu Hassan.

Essentially the new sporting pitch comes up in preparation of the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations, which Tanzania gets to host in conjunction with Kenya and Uganda.

The Arusha sporting facility will be constructed at the cost of 286 billion, Tanzanian Shillings, around USD 112 Million.

To be staged in the three East African countries simultaneously the continental sporting event also referred to as AFCON 2027 or CAN 2027, is scheduled to be the 36th edition of the biennial African football tournament.

The African Cup of Nations is usually organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The 2027 instalment of the games will be hosted by Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda between the months of June and July in the year 2027.

The three countries are now working hard to construct new stadiums that need to be completed within the three year’s timeframe.

Now that the AFCON tourney will be held in three countries, it has been confirmed that each country will prepare three stadiums, for a total of nine such arenas.

The 2027 CAN games will therefore feature the largest number of venues hosting one edition. Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have each announced two cities to play venues for the tournament.

Arusha is among the cities in East Africa, that will be hosting the games alongside Nairobi, Kisumu, Kampala and Dar-es-salaam.

Historically, this edition of the AFCON tournament will be the first event ever to be hosted by three different countries, together.

Apparently it will also be the first in over five decades to be organized within the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) region, since it was hosted by Ethiopia in 1976.

This came after CAF president Patrice Motsepe announced that the competition will be zonal oriented so it can be hosted by all the geographic zones of Africa.

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