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Afcon 2023: Guide to Stade de Paix in Bouaké

Purpose-built for the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations and now renovated ahead of Afcon 2023, the Stade de Paix in Bouaké will host one of the semi-finals at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, which begins on 13 January 2024.

History of the Stade de Paix

A 40,000-capacity arena constructed for the 1984 African Cup of the Nations, the Stade de Paix – which has not always been called such – has been recently renovated in anticipation of Afcon 2023.

The Stade de la Paix hosted seven games at the African Cup of Nations in 1984, including the third-place match.

The stadium gained infamy through the testimonies of Bouaké residents who alleged that it was used as an execution site by the New Forces during the country's civil war.

In 2007, the stadium hosted a match of enormous significance, with the Ivory Coast vs Madagascar fixture being part of the Ouagadougou Agreement to assert peace in the country. This defines the stadium's names: Stadium of the Peace.

The Stade de Paix now serves as the home ground for three major clubs: ASC Bouaké, Alliance Bouaké and Bouaké FC. The city has a population of 740,000.

Stade de Paix | Stade de la Paix | Bouake Stadium | Afcon 2023 host stadium
Ivory Coast fans at Bouaké Stadium | Photo by Icon Sport

How much did the Stadium of Peace Bouake cost?

A major renovation was undertaken in 2007 and a further renovation from 2018-2020 and in 2023. The stadium is now the second-largest in the country with the capacity increased from 25,000 to 40,000 and the plans have involved removing the athletics track and adding a roof.

Undergoing renovation prior to Afcon 2023, the latest building work at the Stadium of Peace has been overseen by Mota-Engil, a Portuguese company.

Where is the Stade de Paix?

The Stade de la Paix is located in the central city of Bouaké, the second-largest in Ivory Coast.

Why is it called Stade de la Paix?

The name is derived from the stadium's role in peace in Ivory Coast. Football played an enormous role in ending the country's civil war and the Bouaké ground hosted the Ivory Coast vs Madagascar fixture in 2007, which was part t of the Ouagadougou Agreement to assert peace in the country. This defines the stadium's name: Stadium of the Peace.

Afcon 2023 fixtures at the Stade de Paix

Date Time (GMT) ‘Home' team Result ‘Away' team Round
15 January 2024
20:00
23px Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria
23px Flag of Angola.svg Angola
Group D
16 January 2024
14:00
23px Flag of Burkina Faso.svg Burkina Faso
23px Flag of Mauritania.svg Mauritania
Group D
20 January 2024
14:00
23px Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria
23px Flag of Burkina Faso.svg Burkina Faso
Group D
20 January 2024
17:00
23px Flag of Mauritania.svg Mauritania
23px Flag of Angola.svg Angola
Group D
23 January 2024
17:00
23px Flag of The Gambia.svg Gambia
23px Flag of Cameroon.svg Cameroon
Group C
23 January 2024
20:00
23px Flag of Mauritania.svg Mauritania
23px Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria
Group D
27 January 2024
17:00
Winner Group D
3rd Group B-E-F
Round of 16
3 February 2024
17:00
Winner R7
Winner R6
Quarter-finals
7 February 2024
17:00
Winner QF1
Winner QF4
Semi-finals

What is the largest stadium in Africa?

The Stade de la Paix in Bouaké has had a considerable increase in its capacity, from 25,000 to 40,000, but it still doesn't rank near the largest stadiums in Africa.

What is the largest stadium in Africa?

1

FNB Stadium

94,736

Johannesburg

South Africa

2

New Administrative Capital Stadium

93,940

New Administrative Capital

Egypt

3

Borg el-Arab Stadium

86,000

Alexandria

Egypt

4

Stade des Martyrs

80,000

Kinshasa

DR Congo

5

Cairo International Stadium

75,000

Cairo

Egypt

6

Ibn Batouta Stadium

65,000

Tangier

Morocco

7

Stade du 5 Juillet

64,200

Algiers

Algeria

8

Ellis Park Stadium

62,567

Johannesburg

South Africa

9

Abuja Stadium

60,491

Abuja

Nigeria

10

Stade 7 November

60,000

Radès

Tunisia

11

Alassane Ouattara Stadium

60,000

Abidjan

Ivory Coast

12

Stade Municipal de Kintélé

60,000

Brazzaville

Congo

13

National Stadium

60,000

Dar es-Salaam

Tanzania

14

Paul Biya Stadium

60,000

Yaoundé

Cameroon

15

Heroes National Stadium

60,000

Lusaka

Zambia


Harry Robinson

A freelance writer and broadcaster, Harry has worked for or featured in/on Manchester United, FourFourTwo, The Independent, The Manchester Mill, UEFA, United We Stand and many others. He's the author of The Men Who Made Manchester United and hosts the Manchester United Weekly Podcast and United Through Time. A Stretford End season ticket holder, Harry travels around Europe to watch his team.

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