Work finally begins at Sh1.7b Mombasa County stadium
After five years of anguish and despair, Mombasa football enthusiasts now have a reason to smile after construction works of the Sh 1.7 billion modern county stadium began yesterday.
The former Municipal stadium set to be renamed Mombasa county stadium upon its completion in 14 months, is being built by a Turkish firm Stara Supplies and Construction Company.
According to Mombasa County sports executive Munywoki Kyalo the 12,500-seater facility being built to match the Fifa standards, is fully funded by the county government of Mombasa.
For the last five years the stadium has been a breeding ground for reptiles after it was abandoned but according to the county administrator, rebuilding the facility delayed because of the tedious structural and architectural processes of the modern stadium.
“We are planning to build it afresh. The construction work as you know had stopped after we encountered some problems with the previous contractor,” said Kyalo.
When journalists visited the facility for the first time in five years, it emerged that the toilets and dressing rooms had all collapsed, while the pitch was full of grass and reptiles.
“All materials will be imported from Turkey. It will be a closed pitch that will be able to host matches even during rainy seasons,” Kyalo said.
The stadium was given a minor face lift in 2013 before it hosted selected matches during the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup that Kenya hosted.
The quarter-final matches of the cup were played at the facility before it was abandoned.
Seating on a 8.1-acre land the stadium will also have an integrated indoor arena that will host basketball, and volleyball matches, a swimming pool, a mosque, modern changing rooms, a media centre fitted with VAR computers and a conventional centre that will accommodate about 3,000 visitors.
Kyalo said they settled on the contractor after seeing his previous work, one of them being the construction of Istanbul stadium in Turkey. He will fit the pitch with semi artificial grass recommended for football and rugby competitions.