Moi International Sports Centre

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Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani
Full name Moi International Sports Centre
Location Kasarani,
Nairobi, Kenya
Coordinates 1°13′41″S 36°53′26″E / 1.22806°S 36.89056°E / -1.22806; 36.89056
Owner Sports Stadia Management Board
Operator Sports Stadia Management Board
Capacity Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani: 60,000 [1](Kasarani Stadium)
5,000 (Kasarani Indoor Arena)
5,000 (Competition pool)
Surface Grass
Construction
Built 1987
Opened August 1987
Renovated January 2010
Construction cost Ksh. 900 million (renovations)
Structural engineer Sheng-Li Engineering Construction Company Ltd. (renovations)
Services engineer Sheng-Li Engineering Construction Company Ltd. (renovations)
Main contractors n/a
Tenants
Kenya national football team
Mathare United
Tusker

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. The facilities include a 60,000 seat arena with a running track and a pitch used for football and rugby union, a competition size swimming pool, an indoor arena and a 108 bed capacity hotel.[2]

The stadium was closed in January 2010 for renovation works worth Kes 900 million and funded by a grant to the Government of Kenya by the Government of China. Chinese firm, Sheng Li Engineering Construction Company Limited was contracted to conduct the renovations and the stadium was reopened in March 2012 after completion of the renovations.

In April 2014, after terror attacks in Nairobi and Mombasa, the main stadium was used as a screening center as part of 'Operation Usalama Watch'.[3] Suspected illegal Somali immigrants were detained in poor conditions with lack of access to food and legal assistance[4]

Facilities[edit]

Kasarani Stadium[edit]

The main arena 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..

Since 2013 the Safari Sevens rugby union tournament has been hosted at the Kasarani Stadium.

For sponsorship reasons, since December 2013 the stadium has also been known as Safaricom Stadium Kasarani.[5]

Kasarani Indoor Arena[edit]

The indoor arena seats 5,000 and hosts volleyball, gymnastics, basketball, badminton, boxing, wrestling, martial arts and table tennis.

For sponsorship reasons, the arena is also known as Safaricom Indoor Arena.

Kasarani Aquatic Complex[edit]

This arena consists of an Olympic competition pool, a warm up/training pool 1.25 metres in depth, a recreational public diving pool and a children's pool.

The Stadion Hotel[edit]

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
  • Laundry
  • A 400-seater multi-purpose ballroom
  • A business center with a cybercafé
  • Seminar rooms with secretariat
  • A gift shop
  • A luxurious private swimming pool
  • A poolside bar

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ghettoradio.co.ke/kenyas-new-president-to-be-sworn-in-at-kasarani/
  2. ^ User, Super. "Moi International Sports Complex (MISC), Kasarani". www.sportskenya.org. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  3. ^ "IPOA report on Usalama Watch". rckkenya.org. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  4. ^ "Kenya: Somalis scapegoated in counter-terror crackdown". www.amnesty.org. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  5. ^ Akaki, Lulu. "Safaricom Stadium Kasarani unveiled". hapakenya.com. HapaKenya. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Stade du 5 Juillet 1962
Pune
Rollball World Cup venue
2011
Succeeded by
Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex
Pune
Preceded by
Stade du 5 Juillet 1962
Algiers
All-Africa Games Main stadium
1987
Succeeded by
Cairo International Stadium
Cairo

Coordinates: 1°13′47.9″S 36°53′32.6″E / 1.229972°S 36.892389°E / -1.229972; 36.892389