The new Dandora Stadium in Nairobi’s Embakasi North Constituency is nearing completion as Governor Sonko looks set to fulfill the campaign pledge by July.
The new Stadium is being constructed according to Fifa international standards. It will have features such as artificial turf, 12,000 seats, a gym center, modern stalls and floodlights.
Strong steel structures, put in place by a 50-tonne crane, are already standing strongly on either side of the Fifa standard pitch (100mx64m at the chalk-line).
Unlike other county facilities that have either metallic or concrete slabs for seats, the Dandora Stadium will have seats in all their stands with a VIP terrace located in the middle of the furthest stand. Some of the seats have already been installed on one side of the terrace.
The stadium is also set to have changing rooms, a fully fitted gym, referee quarters, stadium managers office and public toilets for football lovers.
Powerful floodlights in all the four corners of the pitch have already been installed.
The drainage is of high standards with 0.8 percent inch slopes in either direction to ensure there will be no flooding on the turf. Shock pads will also be placed before the turf is laid to ensure it does not wear out quickly and the users are comfortable.
Long nets will also be placed high above the perimeter walls behind the goal post to ensure balls are no lost.
The new Dandora Stadium will be the third best stadium in the country after Kasarani and Nyayo stadiums. Sonko’s administration will also construct four other sports facilities in Kihumbuini, Woodley, Jacaranda and Kariokor.
Nairobi Governor says the modern stadium will be unveiled by July to pave way for a major football tournament for all the 17 sub-counties in Nairobi.
“Construction of the Dandora Stadium is part of my promises to Nairobians during the campaigns. We are striving to ensure the project is completed by July 2019 in order to give the youth a chance to nurture their talent. We welcome onboard sports stakeholders to support our plans for Nairobi residents,” Sonko said on Tuesday.
Sports journalist Caroll Radull visited the new stadium on Tuesday and liked what she saw. The Arsenal fan also posted some pictures on her Twitter showing the remarkable progress of the stadium that is expected to radically change the sports landscape in Nairobi and the face of Dandora.