Inaugaration of the King Baudouin Stadium, 1952
The most ambitious brainchild of the Belgian missionaries, at the time of its inauguration in 1952 the King Baudouin Stadium in Leopoldville was the largest in all Africa, with a capacity of 80.000. Although meant to recreate and thus keep the masses quiet, ironically, it was here that in early 1959 the riots broke out which eventually would lead to the independence.
In a different era, in 1974, it provided the setting for the famous "Rumble in the Jungle" boxing match opposing Muhammad Ali to George Foreman. Renamed Stade du 20 May, it is now Stade Tata Raphaël, after its founder missionary Raphaël de la Kethulle.
(Photo by J. Mulders / Congpresse, 1 July 1952).