On 12 June 2019, President Muhammad Buhari announced the change of the name of the National Stadium, Abuja to Moshood Abiola National Stadium.President Muhammad Buhari made this pronouncement during his speech at the Democracy Day celebration on Wednesday at the Eagle Square, Abuja covered by a lightweight roof construction.The Federal Government of Nigeria embarked on a multimillion-dollar project for the construction of a state-of-the-art stadium and games village to be completed in time to host the All Africa Games.
The first game played at the stadium was a football (soccer) match between two local rival teams; the Shooting Stars of Ibadan and Sunshine Stars of Akure on 8 April 2003 The first goal scored in the complex was from Shooting Stars' striker Shakiru Lawal who scored the only goal of the game after just five minutes.
The complex has given the country confidence to bid for various up-coming international events.
Although Nigeria had several stadiums scattered throughout the country, there was a lack of stadiums that met international standards.
The capital city of Nigeria, Abuja, was selected to host the 8th All Africa Games in 2000 (a regional multi-sport event held every four years, organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa) despite having no facilities for such a major sporting event.
Following its commissioning was the final leg of preparations for the games.
The games that year were the largest in All Africa Games history; 6,000 athletes from 53 countries competed in 22 sports, watched over by 1,200 officials.
The host country, Nigeria, accumulated a total of 226 medals, emerging as leader of the games that year.
Apart from the All African Games, the stadium has hosted important football matches, such as World Cup qualifiers between Nigeria and other countries.
A total of 6,300 precast elements were produced in the company’s production yard 15 kilometers away.
The towers are connected on the top by a 2.50 m high and 2.00 m wide hollow concrete ring beam with a wall thickness of 0.35 m.