- Address: Aerodrome Road, Nairobi
- Country: Kenya
- Capacity: 15,000
- Opened: 1983
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: AFC Leopards (football)
Extra stadium info – Nyayo National Stadium
The Nyayo National Stadium is known as a venue for various events, like athletics, concerts, football, rugby sevens and rugby union. It is among the largest sports venues by capacity in Kenya. The stadium is named after the second president of Kenya, who was popularly known to Kenyans as Nyayo. On 4 February 2020, the former president died at a hospital in Nairobi at the age of 95. He was the president of Kenya between 1978 and 2002. The venue was known as the Coca-Cola National Stadium after The Coca-Cola Company bought the stadium’s naming rights in February 2009. Three months later, The Coca-Cola Company withdrew from the contract because the Kenyan government disagreed with the stadium name.
Mwamba RFC played home matches at the venue which is named Nyayo National Stadium. The rugby union club was founded in 1977. They won the Kenya Cup, the Kenyan top-flight rugby union competition, in 1985 for the first time in their history. Mwamba RFC is among the first African rugby union clubs with 10,000 followers on its main social media page.
Kenyan football clubs
The AFC Leopards use the Nyayo National Stadium for home games. The club was founded in 1964. The AFC Leopards and arch-rivals Gor Mahia became the first sports clubs from Kenya with 100,000 followers on their main social media page. The AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia FC also became the first Kenyan football clubs with 10 domestic top-flight league titles. In 1966, the Leopards were crowned Kenyan football champions for the first time in their history. In 1968, Gor Mahia were crowned Kenyan football champions for the first time in their history.
Eliud Kipchoge and Kelvin Kiptum
Eliud Kipchoge, who became a long-distance runner, ran at the Nyayo National Stadium. He became the world record holder in the marathon. Kelvin Kiptum Cheruiyot, who also ran at the Nyayo National Stadium, broke his world record in 2023. Kipchoge and Kiptum were both born in Kenya. Kiptum died in 2024 at the age of 24. He died in a car accident in Kenya. Kelvin Kiptum Cheruiyot died a few months after he became the world record holder in the marathon.
Michael Olunga Ogada
Michael Olunga Ogada played games for the national football team of Kenya at the Nyayo National Stadium. He became the first Kenyan to score a hat-trick in the world famous Spanish top-flight football league. Michael Olunga Ogada scored the hat-trick for Girona FC. Eliud Kipchoge and Michael Olunga became the first athletes from Kenya with 1 million followers on their main social media page.