Afraha stadium set for Sh4 billion upgrade
The 8,200-seater Afraha Stadium in Nakuru County is set to undergo an upgrade.
The construction work funded by the World Bank through Kenya Urban Support Programme, will be done in three phases at an estimated cost of Sh4 billion over the next five years.
The first phase of the project with an initial sitting capacity of 20,000 is estimated to cost Sh650 million and will be complete in 14 months.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said the upgrade will help nurture local sporting talent and at the same time earn the county revenue from sports tourism and conventions.
“After 60 years of carrying a colonial design, Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium will begin the journey to international standards,” said Kinyanjui.
The stadium opened doors in 1948 and is home to four-time Kenyan Premier League champions Ulinzi Stars.
The stadium is expected to have an all-weather running track, modern changing rooms, VIP stands, main stands and media rooms.
It will also have several jogging lanes, about eight entry gates and four exit gates, six ramps to cater for the disabled, toilets, offices and accommodation units.
The stadium will have a new tartan track that would be ideal for middle distance runners since Nakuru is strategically placed between high and lower attitudes.
The football pitch will be of international standards and the dilapidated main stand will also get a new face.
The stadium will have a presidential pavilion, kitchen and lounge.
There will be ample presidential and public parking. Football teams, both visiting and home teams will each have special changing rooms and a gym.
A historical gallery to capture the sporting history of Nakuru County will be displayed in a tunnel leading to changing rooms.
During the handover ceremony over the weekend, County Executive for Land, Housing and Physical Planning, Joseph Kiuna said local youth would provide labour.
Kiuna warned the contractor against substandard works and unnecessary delays.