- The works include construction of an ultra-modern arena with a 30,000-seater capacity
- The works have so far consumed Sh120 million with the current county government allocating Sh40 million for the laying of the synthetic track
- About 200 metres from the stadium is the Eliud Kipchoge Training Complex whose phase one is almost complete and is being built by the county government at a cost of Sh150 million
Kipchoge Stadium in Kapsabet town, Nandi County, is taking shape following intervention by the county government.
The stadium, in the heart of Kapsabet town, was named after legendary athlete Kipchoge Keino who brought glory to the country in late 1960’s and 70’s.
Following decades of neglect, Kipchoge Stadium finally got a facelift following an initial plan of injecting Sh800 million by the previous Nandi County Government administration.
The works include construction of an ultra-modern arena with a 30,000-seater capacity.
The stadium was designed to provide international standard sports facilities that will include a modern football pitch, a synthetic track, and state-of-the-art indoor gymnasium and hotels.
A visit to the stadium shows that there is some work on-going, but at a slow pace, with the County Executive Committee in charge of Sports, Youth Affairs and Arts, Elly Kurgat, saying the facility will be ready for use in January, 2020.
The works have so far consumed Sh120 million with the current county government allocating Sh40 million for the laying of the synthetic track.
The stadium has a VIP pavilion with a capacity of 2,000 conference rooms, changing rooms, good drainage with grass on the pitch done and a permanent perimeter wall. The track has been tarmacked and awaiting the laying of the synthetic track which the county is in the process of procuring.
Next to the stadium is “Swahili village”, a residential area which is to be relocated to another land acquired by the county to give room for expansion of the stadium.
“This year the county government has allocated Sh40 million for the laying of a tartan track which shall be an IAAF standard track. We expect to get the facility ready by January as we look forward to hosting the Term One national school games where the stadium will be of good use.”
“We have a village next to the stadium and the County Government has acquired another piece of land for relocation so that we can have enough space to expand in the next phase,” said Kurgat who was accompanied by Chief Officer of Sports Kennedy Tanui, who is also the Central Rift Athletics Kenya secretary.