Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex

Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex

SKD, SKD Stadium

Location
Monrovia, Liberia

Capacity
35,000[1]

Opened
1986

The Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Stadium (frequently abbreviated SKD Stadium) is a multi-purpose stadium in Paynesville, Liberia built in 1986. It is used mostly for football matches and has an athletics track, though it has also been used for a reggae concert, political rallies, IDP refuge, and Ebola treatment. The largest stadium in Liberia, its spectator capacity is 35,000.[1]

Contents

1 Background
2 Renovations
3 Ebola Treatment
4 References

Background[edit]
The stadium was commissioned by President William Tolbert, who was removed in a 1980 coup d’état by Samuel Doe. Completed during Doe’s reign, he named the facility after himself.[2]
During Liberia’s second civil war, thousands sought refuge in the stadium.[3] On June 24, 2003, following the breakdown of a cease fire, there were a reported 58,000 IDPs in the stadium, more than 5% of Monrovia’s estimated 1,000,000 residents.[3]
The stadium has had frequent problems with overcrowding, due on at least one occasion to illegal ticket sales.[4] In 2008, eight people died of suffocation following a football match, and in 2014, spectators were reported to have fainted.[4]
The stadium has been the site of international concerts, national political events, and multiple World Cup qualifying matches.[4] In 1988, the Reggae Sunsplash concert was held in SKD. The 24-hour long event featured Burning Spear, Yellowman, and other well-known roots and dancehall reggae artists flown in from Jamaica.[5] During the campaign for the Liberian general election in 2011 the Congress for Democratic Change held exclusive rallies in the stadium.[6]
Renovations[edit]
In September 2005, a $7.6 million renovation funded by China was announced and Chinese company Hunan Constructing Engineering Group Corporation was named as the contractor.[7] After the two-year renovation was complete, Liberia lacked the expertise to manage the electronic scoreboard. The grass was badly damaged after a 2009 international women’s conference.[8]
In October 2013, another agreement was signed between the governments of Liberia and China funding a $18 million renovation of the stadium.[9] The plans for the second renovation included the practice pitch and tennis courts that were not repaired six years earlier.[10]
Matches between Liberian county teams were reported in early 2014.[4]
Ebola Treatment[edit]
During the Ebola virus epi