President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to re-open the refurbished Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday.
The stadium has been closed for renovations since 2017 and with the contractors dragging works, the President was forced to intervene and sometimes supervise on-going works after Kenya was stripped off rights for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) for lack of readiness.
New plastic chairs complete with the colours of the Kenyan flags have replaced the concrete sitting slabs.
And with Uhuru expected to grace the occasion, organizers are finalizing touches on the day’s events that will include dry runs for the upcoming Kipkeino Classic slated for Saturday, October 3.
The spectacular renovation works included a new grass carpet, new athletics track and modern locker rooms for players.
A new VIP pavilion for dignitaries adds to the spectacular aura of the stadium now poised to host world class sports events.
On Saturday President will watch a dry run of the Kipkeino Classic with several events lined up to test the waters. The test events, that will feature 200 metres, 400m, 800m and 1,500m, all both for men and women, and the 4x400m mixed relay races will start at 9.30am.
The refurbished stadium has a sitting capacity of 30, 000 spectators but due to covid-19 restrictions, only a handful of socially distanced athletics enthusiasts will be allowed in.
Here are some of the sampled pictures for the newly renovated stadium;