Estadio de Bata Expansion for African Cup of Nations

Estadio de Bata is the largest stadium located in Equatorial Guinea and it is located in the city of Bata. The stadium has had a capacity of 22,000 people since 2007 which is when it was completed originally.  It was chosen as a venue for the 2008 Women’s African Football Championship.  As Equatorial Guinea has been chosen to co-host the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations it has currently undergone expansion to increase its capacity from 22,000 to 35,000. This will allow for a mass increase in revenue as large crowds are expected.  The stadium has the honor of hosting the opening ceremony of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations as well as the semi-final.  Alongside the stadium a sports complex including an indoor sports hall, a covered swimming pool and hotel are also under construction in anticipation of the tournament.