After three years of renovations, President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to open the completed Nyayo Stadium on Saturday, September 26.
The stadium was closed in 2017 for renovations to host the 2018 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN), which was later moved to Morocco over unpreparedness.
The statement from the Acting Commissioner of Sports Gitonga J. Gerald dated September 24 revealed that the president will preside over the ceremony.
Gitonga has invited all sports federations in the country to attend the function.
“Please extend the invitation to your players and the dress code will be sports tracksuits preferably ones depicting Kenya National colours,” Gitonga announced.
The participants are required to be seated at the stadium by 9:30 am.
Nyayo Stadium now has a new look with seats fitted on the terraces, which is an improvement from the old-look when spectators would sit on the slab.
The seats now bare the national flag colours, with the stadium boasting a breathtakingly green field with well-trimmed grass.
Most facilities have also been upgraded with the players’ locker rooms getting a fresh new look as well as an exquisite VIP section for dignitaries.
Among the first events likely to be held at the venue will be the Nairobi leg of the World Athletics Continental Gold Tour on October 3, 2020.
However, with the COVID-19 measures in place, the stadium which has a capacity of 30,000 will only have 6,000 fans allowed during the event for the first time in the country since fans were barred from sporting events following the virus outbreak in March.
“We hope to have 20% of the sitting capacity. People will buy the tickets online and once we hit the 6,000 mark, the portal closes,” Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed stated after announcing the phased re-opening of Sports in the country.
The president had made an impromptu visit to the 45,000-seat capacity stadium in June to inspect the progress.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and Sports CS Amina Mohamed had accompanied the president.
The stadium was briefly opened to host a Kenyan Premier League match between Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards in August 2017 then closed again for renovation.
It was then partially reopened for Beyond Zero Half Marathon on March 8 and February 11 for former President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi’s state funeral.
Players have been advised to observe a dress code consisting of tracksuit preferably ones depicting the Kenya national colours.