Nyayo National Stadium

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Nyayo National Stadium
Nyayo stadium.jpg Aerial view: Nyayo stadium from above.jpg
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Coordinates 1°18′13″S 36°49′27″E / 1.30361°S 36.82417°E / -1.30361; 36.82417
Owner Sports Stadia Management Board
Operator Sports Stadia Management Board
Capacity 30,000
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened 1983
Architect Nyanja Architects and Associates
Tenants
AFC Leopards
Sofapaka
African Championships in Athletics

Nyayo National Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Nairobi, Kenya. It is located near the city centre. The stadium was built in 1983 for a capacity of 30,000. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The popular AFC Leopards football club plays most of its home games at Nyayo stadium. The stadium is also used for athletics and various ceremonies. Other facilities at the Nyayo Stadium include a gymnasium and a 50-metre swimming pool.

The completion of the Nyayo Stadium gave Kenya the opportunity to be placed in the category of nations that were invited to bid for the 4th All-Africa Games in 1987, a bid that was awarded to Kenya, giving it International status. In essence, the Nyayo Stadium "gave birth" to Moi International Sports Centre.

The Nyayo Stadium is the host venue of the 2010 African Championships in Athletics.

The stadium was renamed to the Coca Cola National Stadium[1] after the multi-national company won the naming rights to the stadium in February 2009. The deal was worth USD 1.5 million and would have seen the beverage company do branding, marketing and naming to the whole stadium for three years. Three months later, however, Coca Cola withdrew from the contract, because the Kenyan government wanted to have the stadium branded as Coca Cola Nyayo National Stadium.[2] but was renamed again to the Nyayo National Stadium, as the Government of Kenya wanted it branded. This decision has been widely criticised by many Kenyan citizens, because they believe that Coca Cola would have heavily improved and popularised the stadium.

The stadium houses headquarters for the Football Kenya Federation and Athletics Kenya.

Components[edit]

Main stadium[edit]

The main stadium, holding 30,000 people and a FIFA-approved standard-size football pitch, also contains floodlights, 2 VIP lounges, a boardroom and an internet-enabled media centre. The stadium can also be and has also been used to host concerts, public holiday celebrations, public rallies, meetings and crusades.

Aquatic Centre[edit]

The aquatic centre holds 2,000 people and contains a filtration plant and a public 50 x 25 m swimming pool.

Indoor Gymnasium[edit]

The indoor gymnasium holds 2,500 people and is the home of the Kenya National Basketball League and the Kenya national basketball team. It also features floodlights, electronic scoreboards, snack bars, a boxing ring, an indoor badminton court, a martial arts gym and other social facilities.

Handball and volleyball training courts[edit]

The handball and volleyball courts can accommodate up to 1,500 spectators and feature outdoor training courts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nyayo National Stadium renamed in $1.5M". variouse. Retrieved 4 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Nyayo Stadium no longer on the Coke side of life". Daily Nation. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 

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Coordinates: 1°18′15.1″S 36°49′28.1″E / 1.304194°S 36.824472°E / -1.304194; 36.824472