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Old July 19th, 2018, 10:50 AM   #1
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NAIROBI - Moi International Sports Centre "Kasarani (Safaricom) Stadium" (60,000)

Built for the 1987 All-Africa Games, renovated in 2010 and further renovated in 2017 in time for the IAAF Under 18 World Championships in Athletics.

It seats 60,000, but the 3rd level is just concrete rows. Is it too difficult to grind back the overlap on those rows, add brackets and permanent individual seats like the 1st level? Or simply do the brackets and make those seats slightly smaller. Just make them fit in each row, whilst adding sufficient space for people to move. Then you could do individual folding seats for the first level.

You can remove the pillars supporting the roof for an unrestricted view if the roof is supported externally. A pathetic paint job of alternating white and red. Stairs leading to passage entrances should be clearly identifiable, make those white.

Get proper engineers from Europe to do further renovations to this stadium, not the Chinese!

Can this stadium truly one day seat 60,000+ on individual seating?

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The Chinese said there was not enough leg room at the top to put seats. And the stadium is probably 50k because how can we tell without seats? It has already undergone 2 renovations and hardly improved. Not sure the govt and public would stomach the cost of properly fixing it. That would be worth a new stadium. Maybe if there will be reason like being included in the Diamond League or hosting the All African Games Again.
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The Chinese were just lazy. First they said that they would just modernize the first level benches, then there were delays because they wanted the first level to be individual seats. They didn't even bother trying with the 3rd level. A competent contractor would attempt what seems impossible. It can be done.

There probably is sufficient room to put seats on the 3rd level if the overlapping concrete is ground down, remove whatever cabling there is (you can replace it later), and put raised brackets to accommodate bum style seating (like the first level) that's of a reasonable size to put on each row. The alternative would be to attempt an overlap of seating, but there's probably less legroom in that.

You then can make the first level with individual folding seats like in most modern stadiums, the 2nd level fixed back rest seats and the 3rd with bum style seating.

It wouldn't be worth a new stadium IMO, you're already halfway there.

Support the roof externally to allow for the removal of supporting pillars inside the stadium. Make a new stadium perimeter, which would allow for ticket booths, entrances and exits (outside the stadium). Then inside this new perimeter, you can have toilet blocks and new concession stands. Why not put new video screens outside the stadium to allow for fans to still be part of the action even if they are not inside?

This time get a real contractor from Europe to supervise the works.
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That would be too expensive. It's better off to build a new stadium elsewhere. The country cannot tolerate spending on stadia right now anyway since the Government is strained for revenue. It would require a tournament bid to get that kind of priority.
But Europeans would definitely not get the contract.
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That would be too expensive. It's better off to build a new stadium elsewhere. The country cannot tolerate spending on stadia right now anyway since the Government is strained for revenue. It would require a tournament bid to get that kind of priority.
But Europeans would definitely not get the contract.
Well then give it to the Japanese! Anyone other than the Chinese, they did a very weak job in the first instance of modernization.
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The Chinese said there was not enough leg room at the top to put seats. And the stadium is probably 50k because how can we tell without seats? It has already undergone 2 renovations and hardly improved. Not sure the govt and public would stomach the cost of properly fixing it. That would be worth a new stadium. Maybe if there will be reason like being included in the Diamond League or hosting the All African Games Again.
Really? I didn't know a stadium's concrete steps could be really short to the point where they are just left bare. You mean this stadium has to be torn down and started over just to correct a design flaw like this? I've seen shorter concrete rows on old-style standing terraces. I wish somebody went to the Kasarani Stadium and actually measured how long those concrete rows in its upper tier are.

Plus, if the Nairobi area were to support another major stadium, which district would it be located in?
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Really? I didn't know a stadium's concrete steps could be really short to the point where they are just left bare. You mean this stadium has to be torn down and started over just to correct a design flaw like this? I've seen shorter concrete rows on old-style standing terraces. I wish somebody went to the Kasarani Stadium and actually measured how long those concrete rows in its upper tier are.

Plus, if the Nairobi area were to support another major stadium, which district would it be located in?
The stadium was closed for a year during that facelift and that's what they said. A second renovation happened for the IAAF Youth Championships and seats for the upper tier wasn't brought up. I guess that's as good as it gets for now.
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