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The Kigali Basketball Arena

The Kigali Basketball Arena is a multi-purpose indoor facility located in the heart of Kigali city, Rwanda, East Africa. Also popularly known as BK Arena, the Kigali Basketball Arena is where most basketball and volleyball matches are usually hosted making it a favorite spot for sport – loving travelers in Rwanda. The magnificent BK Arena was constructed and completed in 2019 and currently hosts a number of sports and concerts.

The BK Arena is East Africa’s biggest indoor arena and it is situated right near the Amahoro Stadium. Popular games of the Rwanda Basketball League are played at this arena. The arena was built by SUMMA, a Turkish international contractor and its name changed to currently BK Arena.

The first-ever Basketball Africa league was hosted right at the BK Arena, from 16th to 30th May 2021, thanks to the stakeholders. Through partnerships, Rwanda has positioned herself as the best tourism and investment destination as well as Africa’s sporting hub and sports-based tourism destination. Visit Rwanda and Africa Basketball League have also partnered with a number of basketball and youth development programs.

Another historic basketball tournament that has been held here is the Basketball Africa League. This was conducted in May 2022 where 12 teams across African continent competed at the Kigali Arena and these included Nigeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, Cameroon, Morocco, Senegal, Mali, Algeria and more.

The other significant events that have been hosted at the Kigali Basketball Arena include the 2021 Africa Nations Volleyball Championship.

What activities are carried out here?

The key activities carried out at the arena include hosting cultural events – cultural exhibitions, concerts, sport activities like basketball, tennis, futsal, boxing, volleyball; organization (international, regional & local sporting competitions) and many more.

Location of the Kigali Basketball Arena

The Kigali Basketball Arena is found in Kigali and it is the biggest of all the East Africa’s indoor stadiums. It has sitting capacity of up to 10,000 guests. It is also a multi-purpose arena with capacity to accommodate up to 26 matches.

At the Arena, there is 13 cafeterias and classic restaurants, 6 changing rooms, 2 rooms for the coaching staff, media hall, fitness centre, doping control room and others. It is situated close to Amahoro Stadium, and this takes up to 30,000 but indoor stadium accommodates up to only 2500 people.

Amahoro Stadium is another multi-purpose stadium located in Rwanda, also referred to as “Peace Stadium.” It is located in Gasabo district, Kigali and the tenants include the football clubs Armee Patriotique Rwandaise F.C. and Rayon Sports F.C. Different activities are held at Peace Stadium including concerts, football matches and public events as well as rugby union. Sports tourism and other safaris including gorilla trekking, wildlife tours, chimpanzee tracking safaris and cultural tours can be incorporated while on your holiday vacation in Rwanda.

What is basketball in Rwanda like?

Basketball is one of the famous sports in Rwanda and it comes 2nd after football. It is the most watched indoor sport in Rwanda. The basketball games nationwide are overseen by the Rwanda Basketball Federation.

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