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Bishop Stuart University students plant grass at the newly constructed Riverside Stadium on March 1. PHOTO BY FELIX AINEBYOONA 

By FELIX AINEBYOONA

Posted  Thursday, March 3   2016 at  02:00

In Summary

All Sport. The facility will comprise of two soccer pitches, three basketball courts, four volleyball courts, three netball courts and two handball pitches among others.

MBARARA. Bishop Stuart University is putting final touches on a multimillion sports complex that will be arguably the best in western Uganda.
The lead consultant of the project Job Mwegombi said the stadium could not have been located in a better place.

“The location of this stadium is God-given and I hope it will be the best open field stadium in Uganda,” said Mwegombi while planting grass on the ground earlier this week.
“Naming it Riverside Stadium makes sense since it is surrounded by River Rwizi which helps with the drainage and watering of the pitch in case of harsh climatic conditions.”

Money’s worth
The university’s vice-chancellor, Mauda Kamatenesi, disclosed that the stadium that lies on 15 hectares of land, is expected to cost Shs4b.
“It will comprise of two soccer pitches, three basketball courts, four volleyball courts, three netball courts, two handball pitches, two beach soccer fields, a swimming pool and athletics track to cater for all the games. The facility which has potential to host big meets like National University Games and East African University Games is at its third stage which involves planting of grass.

Kamatenesi also disclosed that the multimillion sports complex will have an auditorium, which will be built by the alumni of the university.
“So far we have spent Shs200m. But we estimate that we shall have used Shs4b by the time everything is done,” she said.
“The alumni pledged to construct the auditorium and the university will also add medicinal plants to the facility to promote eco-tourism since it is surrounded by River Rwizi.”

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