Moi International Sports Centre

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Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani
Mombasa Trendsetter
Full nameMoi International Sports Centre
LocationKasarani,
Nairobi, Kenya
Coordinates1°13′41″S 36°53′26″E / 1.22806°S 36.89056°E / -1.22806; 36.89056
OwnerShoj Sports and Entertainment
OperatorSports Stadia Management Board
CapacityMoi International Sports Centre Kasarani: 60,000[1](Kasarani Stadium)
5,000 (Kasarani Indoor Arena)
5,000 (Competition pool)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Built1987
OpenedAugust 1987
RenovatedJanuary 2010
Construction costKsh. 900 million (renovations)
Structural engineerSheng-Li Engineering Construction Company Ltd. (renovations)
Services engineerSheng-Li Engineering Construction Company Ltd. (renovations)
Main contractorsn/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 and May 2014, after terror attacks in Nairobi and Mombasa, the main stadium was used as a screening center as part of 'Operation Usalama Watch' during which thousands of people were rounded up and arrested by the Kenya Police.[3][4]

The stadium located within the Sports Centre hosted the 2017 World U18 Championships in Athletics.[5]

Facilities[edit]

Kasarani Stadium (Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani)[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.[6]

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 1008-room hotel located within the centre.

International Soccer Matches[edit]

Date Competition Team Res Team Crowd
11 Sep 2018 International Friendly  Kenya 1-0  Malawi 3,500
14 Oct 2018 2019 AFCON Qualifier  Kenya 3-0  Ethiopia 60,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-29. Retrieved 2014-07-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Moi International Sports Complex (MISC), Kasarani". www.sportskenya.org. Retrieved 2016-04-29.
  3. ^ Somalis are scapegoats in Kenya's Counter-terror Crackdown, Amnesty International, May 2014. Accessed on 27 February 2017.
  4. ^ Usalama Watch: State is fracturing Kenyan society, The East African, 19 April 2014. Accessed on 27 February 2017.
  5. ^ Competitions Update. IAAF. Retrieved on 2017-06-07.
  6. ^ 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
Preceded by
Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero
Cali
IAAF World U18 Championships stadium
2017
Succeeded by
None
Games abolished

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