Moi International Sports Centre
The Kasarani Stadium before renovations in 2010.
|Full name||Moi International Sports Centre|
|Owner||Sports Stadia Management Board|
|Operator||Sports Stadia Management Board|
|Capacity||Safaricom Stadium Kasarani: 60,000 (Kasarani Stadium)
5,000 (Kasarani Indoor Arena)
5,000 (Competition pool)
|Construction cost||Ksh. 900 million (renovations)|
|Structural engineer||Sheng-Li Engineering Construction Company Ltd. (renovations)|
|Services engineer||Sheng-Li Engineering Construction Company Ltd. (renovations)|
|Kenya national football team
The Moi International Sports Centre (abbreviated as M.I.S.C.) is a multi-purpose stadium in Kasarani, Kenya. It was built in 1987 for the All-Africa Games held in Nairobi. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium was used to host the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards.
The stadium had been closed since January 2010 for major renovations costing about Ksh. 900 million, which was funded by a grant to the Government of Kenya by the Government of China. They were being carried out by a Chinese firm, Sheng Li Engineering Construction Company Limited. The stadium was reopened in March 2012. In April 2014 it was used to hold hundreds of illegal immigrants in squalid conditions.
This is the football stadium located within the Moi International Sports Centre. It holds 60,000 people. It is used by the Kenya national football team for most of its home games, as well as Kenyan Premier League sides Mathare United and Tusker F.C.. A notable past match was one played by Mathare United and the Manchester United Reserves in around 2005, where the latter won 3-0.
Kasarani Indoor Arena
This is the indoor arena and gymnasium within the centre. It is used for volleyball, gymnastics, Basketball, Badminton, Boxing, Wrestling, Martial Arts,Table Tennis and other sports. It has a capacity of 5,000.
Kasarani Aquatic Complex
This complex holds:
- A public children's pool
- A warm-up/training pool 1.25 metres in length
- An olympic-size (1.5 metres) competition pool
- A recreational public diving pool with 3 springboards, the highest being at an altitude of 10 metres above the pool.
The Stadion Hotel
This is a public hotel located within the centre. It includes:
- Accommodation with 108 rooms equipped with TVs and telephones
- 200-seater restaurant and 60-seater adjacent grillroom
- A sports bar
- A 400-seater multi-purpose ballroom
- A business Centre with a cybercafé
- Seminar rooms with secretariat
- A gift shop
- A luxurious private swimming pool
- A poolside bar
- See: SOMALIA: Kenyan police keep more than 1,000 Somalis in Kasarani Stadium in the third day, RBC RADIO Raxanreeb, 7 April 2014. Accessed on 12 may 2014.
- See: Mass arrests in Eastleigh lead to public outcry, SabahiOnline.Com, 9 April 2014. Accessed on 12 may 2014.
- See: SITUATION REPORT 7:IOM SOMALIA FORCED RETURNS SITUATION REPORT, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), 14 April - 5 May 2014.
- Sports Stadia Management Board - a body governing several stadiums in Kenya
- Photo at worldstadiums.com
- Photo at fussballtempel.net
- Nation.co.ke - Sh1bn facelift for Kasarani