A Guide To Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani
The Moi International Sports Centre now Safaricom Stadium in Kenya was constructed in 1987 by the Kenyan government in partnership with the Chinese government. Kenya had been invited to bid for the hosting of African games which were to be held in the late 80’s. On submitting the bid, Kenyan won and as such, the 4th African Games were to be held in Kenya. Kenya then entered into a bilateral agreement with the Chinese government to build a sports stadium in Nairobi that would comfortably house this prestigious game event. The sports stadium in Kenya was intended to be of international standards and one of the best in the African continent.
The African Games which were held in August 1987 filled the 60,000 capacity of Moi International Sports Stadium to the brim. Earlier on athletics in Kenya were usually held at the Coca Cola stadium in Nairobi. The Moi International Sports Centre is located in Kasarani along the Thika Superhighway, approximately 12 kilometers from Nairobi City Centre.
It is well equipped for all forms of sports such as Football, Basketball, tennis etc.’
When opened, it was among the most modern not only in Kenya, but worldwide, having a corporate tier of seating long before it became a standard. This level is located between to others, the upper of which consists of 24 massive sections combined to create a ring. These sections hold most of the declared 60,000 capacity.
Thanks to its size and location it was host to numerous large events, starting with All-African Games (1987), through World Social Forum (2007), to MTV Africa Music Awards (2009). Last of the events happened just before the renovation works launched in Jan 2010. The stadium was handed back to authorities by Chinese contractors (yes, again) in Sept 2012. Outside it hasn’t changed much with the decorative facades left untouched, but inside it received seats on two lower levels and had a thorough renovation of all offices, etc.
Football use is provided by Kenya national team, obviously, but also by two popular teams from Nairobi, Mathare United and Tusker FC.
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The Moi International Sports Complex is located in Kasarani which is approximately 15KM from the city centre and in the outskirts of Nairobi. This multi-purpose complex is the largest stadium in Kenya and can seat up to 60,000 people aside from VIP lounges and hospitality suites. Similarly, the sports complex boast of other crucial services and facilities such as modern changing rooms, mini shops, restaurants, internet hot spots, press and media areas, 6 conference rooms each with a capacity of 60 person.
- Kasarani Stadium is mostly used for football matches with the Kenya national team, Harambee stars, playing most of their home matches in this facility.
- Construction of a cricket stadium and a golf course is underway in the complex
- The stadium was closed down in January 2010 for a year to allow for major renovations on all its facilities estimated to about Kshs.1Billion.
- Moi international sports complex is managed and maintained by the Sports Stadia Management Board
- Aside from hosting games, the complex has been used to host activities such as AGM of big corporate, concerts, political events etc notably the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards
The Stadion Hotel in Kasarani Stadium
The hotel in Moi International Sports Centre in Nairobi offers services such as a 200 seater restaurant with an adjacent 60 seater grill room, over 100 rooms each equipped with television sets, a sports bar, a ball room, seminar rooms, a swimming pool as well as a poolside bar.
The Stadion has the following facilities offered at competitive rates to our clients
- Accommodation with 108 rooms equipped with TVs and telephones
- 200 seater restaurant and 60 seater adjacent grillroom
- Sports bar
- 400 seater multipurpose ballroom
- Business Centre with cyber café
- Seminar rooms with secretariat
- Gift shop
- Luxurious swimming pool (free of charge to residents)
- Poolside bar
Kasarani Indoor Arena in Nairobi
There is an indoor state of the art arena with the capacity to hold at least 5000 people in Kasarani Sports centre in Nairobi. Kasarani Indoor Arena in Nairobi is ideal for team building activities, annual general meetings as well as corporate sporting activities in Kenya. The indoor arena has presidential suites, a snack bar as well as a restaurant all in an idyllic and serene environment inside Moi International Sports Centre.
Kasarani Aquatic Stadium in Nairobi
Kasarani Aquatic Stadium has one warm baby pool and an Olympic sized pool in Nairobi complete with diving platforms and a spring board. There is also one recreational seminar room in the Kasarani Aquatic Stadium with a VIP lounge and a 30 person`s capacity.
The Aquatic complex at Kasarani is the only swimming facility with multiple pools for different age-groups and different levels of swimming ability. Toddlers start at the baby pool with careful guidance from our qualified instructors before graduating to the standard pool. This facility offers recreational swimming for parents and kids at a minimal fee of Ksh.150 for adults and Ksh.50 for children per day. The pools are open everyday including weekends and public holidays.
Swimming instructions for schools and organized groups are offered at both swimming complexes by trained swimming instructors at an affordable fee. Life guards are present at all times for added security and safety of swimmers. The aquatic stadium in Moi International Sports Centre in Nairobi also has a poolside cafeteria.
Kasarani Stadium Football Pitches
Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani.
The Stadium has a sitting capacity of 60,000, with VIP lounges and hospitality suites. The facilities are equipped with modern Changing Rooms, Restaurants, Mini-shops, press/media areas and offices. There are internet connections and a hot spot installed in strategic positions. It also has 6 conference rooms at Kasarani Grand Stadium each with a capacity of 60 pax
There are well tended football pitches in both stadiums which are suitable for groups and individuals who want to train or engage in practice sessions. The pitches are also available for both local and international competitive matches, at reasonable costs.
Our Running Tracks
Beside the well maintained pitches, both Kasarani and Nyayo National Stadiums feature tartan running tracks suitable for local and international athletic meets. The tracks are also open to members of the public for jogging and personal training at an affordable fee.
How to get to Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani
By road: Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani is Located in Kasarani about 15 km from the city centre along the Thika Superhighway.
A Map to Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani
Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani contacts
Attraction Type: Sports
Category: Football, Athletics
City / Town: Nairobi
Road / Street: Thika Road
Telephone: 254 20 239 0500
Entrance Fee: Yes