Ivory Coast stadiums that host AFCON 2024 (photos)

Stephanie Beatrice

AFCON games have represented African countries greatly in the football industry. For over 60 years, the tournament has been held in various African countries, including Sudan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Africa.

The tournament league is widely watched by over 500 million people in over 150 countries. The 2024 event was held in Ivory Coast, and the excitement reached its fever pitch among the players and the fans.

AFCON will bring together Africa’s top football stars and will be held from 13th January to 11th February.

With the event kicking off in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, here is a list of the Ivory Coast stadiums hosting the games.

1. Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan – 60,000

Alassane Ouattara Stadium
Alassane Ouattara Stadium. Image: Wikipedia
  • Location: Abidjan
  • Capacity: 60,000 seats
  • Club/Team: Ivory Coast national football team
  • Popular Event Hosted: 2023 Africa Cup of Nation

Located in the capital city of Ivory Coast, Abidjan, Alassane Ouattara is one of the Ivory Coast stadiums that will open the match on 13th January and the final game on 11th February 2024.

The multi-purpose stadium is also known as the Olympic Stadium of Embipe and was formerly referred to as the National Stadium of the Ivory Coast.

Alassane Ouattara is the largest stadium in Ivory Coast and hosts major football games, including the country’s national football team matches.

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It is also considered one of the most modern stadiums in Africa and is named after the country’s President, Alassane Ouattara.

Upon its opening in October 2020, the stadium covers 20 hectares of land, providing 1,400 parking spaces and offering 60,000 seating capacity.

2. Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium – Abidjan – 40,000

 An aerial view of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium
Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium. Image: X/AfricaViewFacts
  • Location: Abidjan
  • Capacity: 40,000 seats
  • Club: ASEC Mimosas
  • Popular Event Hosted: 2023 Africa Cup of Nation

Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium, located in Abidjan, has undergone major renovations since the AFCON announcement, including its structure, seating, and turf upgrades.

Also known as Le Félicia, the multi-purpose stadium was constructed in 1952 and renovated in 2020. It was named after the first Ivory Coast president, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, and is among the best soccer stadiums in Ivory Coast.

The stadium has a capacity of 40,000 people alongside a media room, four dressing rooms, a control room for anti-doping testing, a VIP room, a treatment room, and a massage room.

Besides being a football arena, the stadium has hosted performances by famous artists like U.S. musician Sting in Amnesty International’s Human Rights Now! Benefit Concert in 1988 and American singer Chris Brown in 2012

3. Stade De La Paix, Bouaké – 40,000

 A side view Stade De La Paix, Bouaké
Stade De La Paix, Bouaké. Image: X/CAF_Online
  • Location: Bouaké
  • Capacity: 40,000 seats
  • Club: Bouaké FC
  • Popular Event Hosted: 1984 Africa Cup of Nations

The stadium is a former host to the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations and is located in the central part of the country. It is a multi-purpose stadium built in 1984 and renovated in 2018 as one of the Ivory Coast stadiums for AFCON in 2024.

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Its construction was part of Ivory Coast’s plan to host the 1984 African Cup of Nations, but the country did not proceed past the group stage.

The stadium has an oval crown shape and is home to three major local clubs, ASC Bouaké, Alliance Bouaké, and Bouaké Football Club.

During its renovation, the stadium increased its seat capacity from 25,000 to 40,000, making it the second-largest stadium in the country.

4. Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium, Korhogo – 20,000

 An aerial view of the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium
Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium. Image: X/FyuchaFC_
  • Location: Korhogo
  • Capacity: 20,000 seats
  • Club/Team: Ivory Coast national football team
  • Popular Event Hosted: 2023 African Cup of Nations

Located at Korhogo, popularly known as “Pôrô” city, Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium is in the city named after the local Sénoufo ethnic group’s tradition.

It is located in the capital of the Savanes region and began construction in September 2018 under the ownership of the Ivory Coast government.

The stadium was completed in September 2023 and named after the former Ivory Coast prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who ruled from 2017 until he died in 2020.

Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium was also one of the Ivory Coast soccer stadiums voted as football arenas for the 2024 AFCON, hence its speedy renovation.

The stadium has a capacity of 20,00 but has a good sporting infrastructure despite its size and capacity.

5. Charles Konan Banny Stadium, Yamoussoukro – 20,000

 Charles Konan Banny Stadium
Charles Konan Banny Stadium. Image: X/Footballghana3
  • Location: Yamoussoukro
  • Capacity: 20,000 seats
  • Club: SOA
  • Popular Event Hosted: 2023 Africa Cup of Nations

Charles Konan Banny Stadium is located at the origin of the first Ivory Coast President, the late Félix Houphouët-Boigny. The stadium construction began in 2018 and was inaugurated in 2021.

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The stadium was named after former president Charles Konan Banny, who served as Ivory Coast’s prime minister from December 2005 until April 2007. He died from COVID-19 during the pandemic.

It has a capacity of 20,000 people and stadium amenities such as changing rooms, catering facilities, and restrooms.

6. Laurent Pokou Stadium, San Pédro – 20,000

Laurent Pokou Stadium
Laurent Pokou Stadium. Image: X/Adakmuods
  • Location: San Pédro
  • Capacity: 20,000 seats
  • Club/Team: Ivory Coast national football team
  • Popular Event Hosted: 2023 Africa Cup of Nations

Laurent Pokou Stadium is located in the coastal region of Ivory Coast on a 23.33-hectare site in the Poro district.

It was named after the legendary Ivorian striker Laurent Pokou. Noteworthy, the Nottingham Forest striker had the first-ever goal since its opening in 2023.

The stadium was built in September 2018. Its towering architecture makes it one of Ivory Coast’s proud architectural gems.

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