Heavy rainfall recorded on Tuesday has damaged a large portion of the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin.

The downpour destroyed the ultra-modern score board while most parts of the western perimeter fence of the old wing was also affected.

The rain also caused some damage to the indoor sports hall, the referee secretariat and the office of a private security company (KSA Security).

The Stadium Manager, Wale Obalola, said it was the grace of God that averted the loss of lives during the heavy storm that accompanied the rain.

Obalola said that some people were still seeking refuge at one of the affected parts of the stadium while the storm raged.

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The stadium's management team has begun assessing other parts of the facilities to ascertain the level of damage, he said.

When contacted, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Ayobola Samuel, said he had not been briefed of the development but promised to visit the site on Wednesday.

The stadium was built in 1977 by the then Military administrator of the state, the late Brig.-Gen. George Innih.

The stadium hosted the 1985 National Sports Festival and several other important sports tournaments, such as the World Handball Championship in 1991.