Ascot Stadium

Ascot Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Gweru, Zimbabwe. It is currently used mostly for football matches and serves as the home stadium for TelOne F.C and Chapungu Football Club. The stadium has a capacity of 5,000 people.

Ownership

Gweru City Council is in charge of the upkeep of Ascot Stadium.[1] The local authority which operates under the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works, and National Housing is responsible for its maintenance, well being and upkeep. Besides sporting activities, the local authority also hires the stadium for other activities such as musical concerts, weddings and parties.

In 2020, Gweru City Council announced plans to lease out Ascot Stadium after failing to maintain the football facility. The announcement marked a major shift from the city’s previous stance where it indicated that it was not open to any form of assistance.[2]

Capacity

The official seating capacity of the stadium is 5 000. There is also the VIP wing which houses important guests during matches.

Renovations

In 2019, TelOne Football Club provided funds that were used to drill a borehole and renovate the changing rooms. Some 36 000 bricks and 100 litres of paint were also delivered and were used to extend the dressing rooms but TelOne FC's relegation halted all progress.[3]

References

  1. Sukoluhle Ndlovu, [1], "The Chronicle", Published: 17 April 2019, Retrieved: 19 March, 2020"
  2. TERRY MADYAUTA, Ascot Stadium up for grabs, NewsDay, Published: August 24, 2020, Retrieved: January 21, 2022
  3. Courtney Matende, TelOne renovates Ascot Stadium, The Chronicle, Published: August 14, 2019, Retrieved: January 21, 2022