The Teslim Balogun Stadium is a multi-use stadium situated in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria. It is commonly used for football matches and serves as a home ground of First Bank FC. It also serves as a training ground for the Nigerian national rugby league team. It has 25, 000 capacity and was named after the former professional footballer Teslim Balogun.
As recently as 2006, it was occupied by homeless people and area boys.
The first event held in the stadium was the 18th Mobil Track and Field Athletics Championship on 17 May. The first football game was an international friendly on 28 May between Enyimba and Asante Kotoko. The stadium also hosted the Nigeria Premier League Super Four playoff that season and the Nigerian FA Cup final in 2007. The final of the 2009 Federation Cup between Enyimba and Sharks was held at the stadium.
Lagos State Commissioner for Youth Sports and Social Development, Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele disclosed at the FIFA Media Briefing Room of the Teslim Balogun Stadium on 18 May 2009 on the preparations for FIFA U-17 World Cup that “with a FIFA Star Two artificial turf, FIFA Grade seats with back rest, a seating capacity of 24,325, a 70 kVA electricity generating set for the digital scoreboard, state of art changing room for athletes and officials, security gadgets with CCTV cameras, a 1,000 kVA and 500 kVA generating sets and other standard facilities, I know we are set to host a successful championship.”
The Teslim Balogun stadium was also the main venue of the 18th National Sports festival in December 2012.
In 2018, during the Nigerian Independence day (1 October 2018); The Crawford Age grade competition was held at the Olympic Standard swimming pool of the stadium.
Today, the stadium has served as venue for the Nigerian FA Cup final, and other laudable events had taken place there. It is ranked as one of the top ten best stadiums in Nigeria. The building operation began since 1984 and was completed in 2007 costing N1.3 billion naira. It should be noted that construction was continually stopped during the Military regimes little wonder why the stadium took 23 years to be completed. The stadium was designed by Nigerian Architect O.C. Majoroh of Majoroh Partnership.
As a multipurpose sporting complex, the stadium is not only used for sporting events alone but also other non-sporting events which include shows, election campaigns, religious gatherings and many more.
Other facilities available in the stadium are;
• New artificial playing surface (Polytan, FIFA 2-star rated) with underground drainage
• All-new seating
• New locker rooms
• Press area
• Offices, including new office facilities for the Lagos sub-seat of the Local Organizing Committee.
• Utility upgrades
• New generators
• Fully equipped on-site clinic
• General facelift