Ghana has unveiled ‘The Rugby Stadium’, the first international standard rugby stadium in West Africa that adheres to World Rugby guidelines and regulations.

The Rugby Stadium was unveiled at the 2024 African Games and is located at the University of Ghana. The stadium aims to become a cornerstone for hosting international rugby competitions.

Rugby Africa, the continental governing body of rugby across Africa has faced challenges in securing suitable venues for international rugby events in the past, halting growth of the sport in the continent.

The opening of the stadium not only looks to tackle these challenges, but also marks a significant stride in nurturing the development of rugby throughout Africa. Alongside serving as a venue for global tournaments, ‘The Rugby Stadium’ will predominantly cater to the needs of the Ghana Rugby Federation.

Leading up to its opening, stakeholders have collaborated to transform this vision into a reality for West Africa, with crucial backing from government officials, the local Ghanaian community and the Ghana Rugby Federation.

Herbert Mensah, President of Rugby Africa, stated: “We are immensely proud of the inauguration of the Rugby Stadium, as it represents a monumental milestone for rugby across Africa. 

“This state-of-the-art facility not only elevates the standard of rugby infrastructure in the region but also symbolises our collective commitment to the growth and development of the sport. 

Supporters hope that the stadium will be a catalyst for grassroots participation and talent development within the sporting landscape of West Africa. 

The stadium is set to become a hub for rugby enthusiasts, offering outreach programs, training initiatives and community events, with the aim to inspire the next generation of rugby players.

Mensah added: “Ultimately, allowing us to create an opportunity of upward mobility within our competition structures I extend my deepest gratitude to all involved for their unwavering support and dedication. Together, we are shaping the future of rugby in Africa.”

This development follows the increased attention the sport has received in recent years, earlier this year IMG partnered with the Betfred Super League to showcase the competition to its largest-ever international audience, which included a deal with ESPN  in Africa. 

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