Moi International Sports Centre

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Safaricom Stadium 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 Safaricom Stadium Kasarani: 60,000 [1](Safaricom 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. 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 a security operation linked to the War on Terror.[2][3][4]

Components[edit]

Kasarani Stadium[edit]

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.

The stadium was renamed Safaricom Stadium Kasarani in December 2013, following a sponsorship deal with Kenyan telecommunications firm Safaricom.[5]

Kasarani Indoor Arena[edit]

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.

The arena was renamed Safaricom Indoor Arena in December 2013, following a sponsorship deal with Kenyan telecommunications firm Safaricom.[6]

Kasarani Aquatic Complex[edit]

This complex holds:

  • A public children's pool
  • A warm-up/training pool 1.25 metres in depth
  • An Olympic-size (100 metres) competition pool
  • A recreational public diving pool with 3 springboards, the highest being 10 metres above the 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 centre 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. ^ 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.
  3. ^ See: Mass arrests in Eastleigh lead to public outcry, SabahiOnline.Com, 9 April 2014. Accessed on 12 May 2014.
  4. ^ See: SITUATION REPORT 7:IOM SOMALIA FORCED RETURNS SITUATION REPORT, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), 14 April - 5 May 2014.
  5. ^ Akaki, Lulu. "Safaricom Stadium Kasarani unveiled". hapakenya.com. HapaKenya. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Akaki, Lulu. "Safaricom Stadium Kasarani unveiled". hapakenya.com. HapaKenya. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 

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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