Nairobi City Stadium

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Nairobi City Stadium
Full name Nairobi City Stadium
Former names African Stadium
Donholm Road Stadium
Jogoo Road Stadium
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Coordinates 1°17′32″S 36°50′32″E / 1.29222°S 36.84222°E / -1.29222; 36.84222
Owner Nairobi City Council
Capacity 15,000
Tenants
Gor Mahia
Kariobangi Sharks
Kenya Commercial Bank
Mahakama

Nairobi City Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Nairobi, Kenya. It is located east of the city centre. The stadium is owned by the Nairobi City Council.

Overview[edit]

The stadium was originally known as African Stadium, then renamed to Donholm Road Stadium. It was renamed to Jogoo Road Stadium after Kenya gained independence in 1963 and finally to Nairobi City Stadium.[1]

It was the principal stadium in Nairobi until the 1980s when Nyayo National Stadium and Moi International Sports Centre were built. It is used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of the traditional Gor Mahia and some other local clubs. The stadium has a capacity of 15,000 people.

Probably the highest profile athletics competition held at Nairobi City Stadium was Jomo Kenyatta memorial meeting in 1979. International athletes like Edwin Moses, Alberto Salazar and Henry Rono participated.[2]

According to press reports, City stadium is set to have the first artificial turf in Kenya. The project will be funded by FIFA .[1] This synthetic turf pitch, called Xtreme Turf, is manufactured and being installed by ACT Global Sports.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Daily Nation, 21 November 2007: Fifa rolls out multimillion stadium project
  2. ^ Daily Nation, 29 April 2007: Okeyo elected to top athletics post in Senegal