Formerly Known African Stadium, Donholm Road Stadium, Jogoo Road Stadium
Location: Jogoo Road, Nairobi, Kenya
Clubs: Gor Mahia FC,
Owned and Operated by: Nairobi City County
Other Tenants: Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya Commercial Bank, Mahakama
Owned by the Nairobi City County (formerly Nairobi City Council), the Nairobi City Stadium, is a multi-purpose Arena located east of the Nairobi Central Business District. It is one of the oldest Stadiums in Kenya famously known to host home matches by the country’s legendary giant Gor Mahia. From African Stadium to Donholm Road Stadium and later to Jogoo Road Stadium (after independence in 1963), the Stadium was eventually renamed to Nairobi City Stadium.
Before the construction of Nyayo and Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani in the 1980s, the National City Stadium was principally the only stadium in Nairobi and was used for football matches, athletic events and other National events. It has seen competitions like the Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Meeting being held there in 1979.
National City Stadium is the first ever Stadium in Kenya to have artificial Turf (Xtreme Turf) that was installed by ACT Global and funded by the World Football Governing Body, FIFA.
Early in 2016, there was a statement released by the Nairobi City County Government about the renovation of the oldest Stadium in the Country. A deal had been reached with a betting firm, SportPesa to renovate the stadium and give it a facelift of over 100 million. The said renovation includes replacing the Artificial Turf, redoing the running tracks, building the terraces and changing rooms. Other facilities to be added are; the installation of a VIP lounge and modern street lights, as well as introduce a squash court. A perimeter wall to increase security is also in the proposal together with a gymnasium with rooms for indoor games not to forget refurbishing of the sanitary facilities.
Early in 2016, the KPL’s Stadia Safety and Security Committee had inspected the Stadium and banned its use for KPL matches in the dilapidated 15000-capacity formerly Gor Mahia’s Home Stadium.