Harare - Zimbabwe's bid to arrest some teething stadium crisis has been boosted after the Harare City Council confirmed they will be constructing a 45 000-seater state-of-the-art facility in the next three years.
Preliminary design and architectural work have since begun earnestly with the stadium scheduled to be completed in the next 36 months.
The stadium, to be named High-Glen, will be situated some 15 kilometres to the west of the capital city, the same distance it is from the country's biggest sporting venue, the National Sports Stadium.
A whooping $1.4 million has already been released by the Harare City Council for initial works.
The city's housing director, Addmore Nhekairo, confirmed the development.
He said the municipality would like to transform the lives of people through erecting several recreational facilities, including a multipurpose modern stadium.
Currently, the city of Harare owns five stadia which are insufficient to the demands of the capital city.
"As a city, we have decided to construct a new state-of-the-art stadium. The stadiums we have at the moment are not enough for what the city requires.
"We have a long vision as a city and we will try as much as we can to address some of the deficiencies we have noted.
"We don't have enough recreational facilities for the bulging demands of the city. We need to do that. At the moment, we have set aside almost $1.4million for the preliminary work.
"We have to ensure that by the end of the year, all initial works up to design level have been completed," he said.
"We are hoping that in the next three years, we would have been done. The stadium should be completed in the next 36 months and should be available for use.
"We have noted the problems facing our Premier Soccer League and it is one of the many ways we can chip in as a council.
"I am also sure the country may also want to bid to host some international high-profile sports competitions which require facilities like these."
Harare City mayor Herbert Gomba said the council will make wide consultations to ensure they come up with the best possible facility.
He said regional countries like Zambia, South Africa and Angola will all be approached to get an insight on how they have built their state-of-the-art facilities.
The country is currently facing some stadia challenges which have seen some top flight teams travelling several kilometres to stage home matches.
Even in Harare where there are five teams, the two approved venues are subjected to overuse.
With the Zimbabwe Football Association having gotten strict to enforce the FIFA club licencing, Harare City Council have come at the right time.
Besides plans to establish a new stadium, the council will also refurbish the existing facilities which have been delapidated.
Gwanzura and Dzivaresekwa stadiums which used to host premiership matches are currently unusable and the municipality will also look into that.