The Nairobi City County Government will work with the national government to speed up renovation of Nairobi’s City Stadium
This is in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive for a collaborative effort between the two levels of government to upgrade major sports facilities in the country.
Sports Cabinet Administrative Secretary Hassan Noor together with Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko , Sports Principal Secretary Joe Okudo, Athletics Kenya President retired general Jacksom Tuwei, Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti and Deputy Chair Shadrack Maluki toured the facility on Wednesday to inspect the facility ahead of a head major renovation. They were also accompanied by Ministry of Public Works officials and Quantity Surveyors.
The upgrade plan that will start before the end of the year will see the stadium’s standards raised to the same level as Nyayo stadium.
Sports Principal Secretary Joe Okudo noted that relevant logistics between the two governments are almost complete.
“We have been talking since May on how we can come in and help renovate this historic stadium that will also help our sportsmen.
In May this year, the Ministry of Sports initiated talks with the County Government to take over the rehabilitation and management of the Stadium.
The rehabilitation will now be a collaborative engagement with the County’s Sports board playing a major role as well.
Okudo was accompanied by Nairobi County Education, Youth and Sports Executive Lucia Mulwa, members of the Nairobi County Sports Board among other county officials.
Earlier on in 2016, the stadium had been shut down by the Stadia Safety and Security Committee for not meeting the minimum standards hence unable to host league matches.
The artificial turf covering the main grounds was worn out due to poor maintenance, the washrooms and dressing rooms were in pathetic condition and there was no running water in the stadium.
The county has so far done 65% of phase one which includes, gridding and plastering of the main sitting terraces, construction of two ablution blocks and fitting them with basic utilities, renovation of VIP lounge fitting with sanitary rooms and kitchen, renovation of the two dressing rooms and fitting them with furniture.
Phase two of the same will also include, replacement of the artificial turf, rehabilitation of the pitch drainage system, high mast floodlights, running tartan track, construction of more sitting terraces among other key areas.