In Summary
  • The 30,000-seater stadium was built following a request to the Ministry of Local Government by the defunct Narok Town Council in 2013
  • The project got a shot in the arm after the Ministry of Interior and Narok County government spent Sh98 million more in upgrading the stadium, and building more terraces
  • Rudisha hailed the government for building the stadium, but added that a similar facility should be built in places like Ngong in Kajiado County

It is 8pm and we are on a fact-finding mission on the state of stadiums in Narok County. As we drive into Narok town, bright lights from Narok Stadium catch our attention, and we head straight to the gate.

We explain our mission to two guards manning the gates, and we are ushered into a floodlit field decorated in the colours of the Kenyan flag.

Security is tight because some sportsmen and women train late into the night, we are told.

We go back to the sports facility the next day and we instantly notice the beauty behind the gates.

A view of the Narok Stadium in Narok County at night on August 07, 2019. The stadium was constructed through partnership between the county government and national government. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A view of the Narok Stadium in Narok County at night on August 07, 2019. The stadium was constructed through partnership between the county government and national government. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The 30,000-seater stadium was built following a request to the Ministry of Local Government by the defunct Narok Town Council in 2013. Some Sh313.6 million was allocated for the project which involved construction of the playing field, a running track and VIP terraces, with an initial capacity of 5,000. After completion of the first phase in 2017, work was to begin on the second phase that included construction of more terraces, a swimming pool, basketball courts, a lower boundary wall and landscaping.

The project got a shot in the arm after the Ministry of Interior and Narok County government spent Sh98 million more in upgrading the stadium, and building more terraces.

The running track was renovated, and VIP dais improved to ‘presidential standards.’

This is after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the Madaraka Day celebrations, which had been scheduled to be held in Kajiado, would be held in Narok.

The stadium, which sits on an 11-acre piece of land, has 10 entry and exit gates with a parking capacity of 200 cars.

Parking bay at Narok Stadium in Narok County on August 08, 2019. The stadium was constructed through partnership between the county government and national government. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Parking bay at Narok Stadium in Narok County on August 08, 2019. The stadium was constructed through partnership between the county government and national government. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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