It has been long overdue, but the construction of the MTN Omondi Stadium has finally been flagged off and redevelopment works are expected to start immediately at the facility located at Lugogo in Kampala.
The facility named after the club’s greatest football Phillip Omondi has remained a semi-constructed structure for long, with promises and artistic impressions flashed around, but nothing has come to pass.
But the club can now look to a different future where they own a ‘state of the art’ facility of their own and perhaps live up to their motto ‘more than a club’.
The club announced plans to revamp their home ground in 2015, but the project suffered construction delays as the club tried to secure funding for the project.
At a groundbreaking event held at the stadium site in Lugogo in the presence of club patron and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and KCCA Executive Director Dorothy Kisakka, stadium development contractors Sarjan Construction were handed the site to start construction.
Sarjan were confirmed to handle construction of the planned 9000-seater stadium in December following a rigorous bidding process.
Main construction work on the StarTimes Stadium is expected to take place from 2020 to 2025 and will take place in three phases.
It should be noted that the government of Uganda approved UGX 10billion for the construction of the stadium with UGX 2.5 billion expected to be released every financial year.
The first phase will entail construction of a 3000-seater VIP Wing, hospitality boxes, a media tribunal, dressing rooms among other facilities. Construction of the first phase is expected to take 18-months.