The Ministry of Sports on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, officially handed over construction works of the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret to the military.
Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba presided over the event.
Under the new arrangement, the military working with architects from the University of Nairobi (UoN) is expected to work on improving the status of the facility named after a legendary Kenyan athlete.
A UoN architect who spoke to the press during the handing over ceremony said part of the renovation work will include increasing the stadium’s capacity to at least 20,000 seats.
“The work that has already been done will be retained. We will only increase the capacity to meet the category three standards,” Prof Abonyo the architect said.
Kipchoge Keino is among stadiums that the government is hoping will be used to host AFCON should the East African countries successfully jointly bid for the continental football event.
Renovations of the stadium will also see a roof constructed to cover all the sitting space. The roof will further be used as the stadium’s lighting.
“Once the roof is done, we will be able to host evening matches at this stadium,” noted the UoN don.
“The roof will have solar panels which will later be used for lighting purposes. The energy to be used will be renewable energy due to the direction the country is taking in use of green energy and solid waste management,” he added.
Once the renovation works are completed, Kipchoge Keino Stadium will remain a facility available for multi-use. It will get a new track and drainage system improvement among others.
Sky boxes will also be put up at the Eldoret-based stadium to enable it host corporate events in future.
Sports CS noted that once the military is ready, it will give details on how much it will cost for the renovation works.
He defended the government’s decision to contract the military in the renovation work saying “the military has established itself as an efficient entity when it comes to delivering the projects on time.”
Works on the Kipchoge Keino stadium will go on concurrently with those at the Moi Sports Centre, Kasarani and Nyayo Stadium alongside Talanta Stadium.