A Guide To Nyayo Stadium
Nyayo National Stadium sporting facility was opened 1983 and is the 2nd largest in the country with a seating capacity of 30,000. The Stadium is best known for football, basketball, swimming and tenis and on top of this, it is home to one of Kenyas top premier league football club.
Nyayo National Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Nairobi,Kenya. It is located near the city centre. 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 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. 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.
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The stadium houses headquarters for the Football Kenya Federation and Athletics Kenya.
Nyayo National Stadium- Main stadium
The main stadium, holds a capacity of 30,000 people. It also has a FIFA approved standard football pitch that is home to several local(national) and international matches. It 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.
Nyayo National Stadium Aquatic Centre
It includes an Olympic size swimming pool, 50m by 25m, which is used for professional competitions and sometimes personal practice with fully trained lifeguards. It is also fitted with spectator terraces that can hold up to 2000 people and is open to the public all week long.
Nyayo National Stadium Indoor Gymnasium
The indoor gymnasium holds 2,500 people and is the home of the Kenya National Basketball League and the Kenya national basketball team. The Gymnasium is floodlit, and has a fully computerized and electronic score boarding system, a martial arts center and a snack bar. This indoor arena is fully covered and is capable of hosting several indoor games including; basketball, badminton boxing and other social functions.
Nyayo National Stadium Handball and volleyball training courts
The handball and volleyball courts can accommodate up to 1,500 People and is open and ideal for handball and volleyball training.
Nyayo National Stadium Contacts
Attraction Type: Sports
Category: Football, Athletics
City / Town: Nairobi
Road / Street: Uhuru Highway
Telephone: 254 20 239 0500, 254 020 2013704, 254 020 477 6262
Entrance Fee: Yes