The League Management Company have fixed the calendar of the Nigerian Professional Football League to commence any time from November 15, 2020, and end it in June 2021.
As a result, the LMC have approved 13 stadia to play hosts to NPFL’s 21 matches and also listed 11 others for varying degrees of upgrade/repairs.
Approved stadia are Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos; Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo; Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin; Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba; Okigwe Township Stadium; Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi; Pantami Stadium, Gombe.
Others are Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi; Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna; Enyimba Stadium, Aba; Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Katsina; Ilorin Township Stadium.
Listed for upgrade/repair are Umuahia Township Stadium; Dutse Township Stadium; Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano; Agege Stadium; Akure Stadium; Warri City Stadium; New Jos Stadium; Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu; Lafia Township Stadium; Ifeanyi Ubah Stadium, Nnewi; Fufure Stadium, Yola
The stadia listed for upgrade/repair require relaying of new playing surfaces (pitches), provision of floodlights, TV camera platforms, upgrade of changing rooms, additional exit & entry gates among others.
Umuahia Township Stadium & Dutse Township Stadium are however recommended for complete remodeling and reconstruction.
Meanwhile, the NPFL clubs have been giving the nod to make five substitutions in the 2020-2021 season owing to fears that players might sustain injuries due to involvement in several matches.