Kenyan Premier League Stadia Safety and Security Committee (SSSC) has approved three new stadiums outside the traditional venues to host SportPesa Premier League matches in the 2017 season.
Kericho Green Stadium in Kericho County, Sudi Stadium in Bungoma County and Narok Stadium in Narok County were all found conditionally fit and stable to stage low or/and medium risk league matches.
However, the venues also require more improvements on dressing rooms, playing surfaces and fan zones to become ideal venues for top flight action.
SSSC established that Sudi has a good pitch but the changing rooms are substandard. The facility can only be used for very low or no risk matches.The dressing rooms of this venue need to be upraised to meet the recommended standards set by SSSC.
Elsewhere work is ongoing at Kericho Green Stadium involving the erection of the inner and outer perimeter walls and putting up of temporary changing rooms while the playing surface needs to be standardized. Medium and low risk matches have been allowed on this venue as well.
Narok Stadium has received a major facelift with the construction of the main stands. New changing rooms are also put in place, outer perimeter wall; parking areas among other amenities are passed for safety. The facility has been provisionally approved to host both medium and low risk matches.
In Bomet County, the construction is still underway on Bomet Stadium that was also inspected by SSSC. The venue is projected to be completed in May. A new inspection will be required thereafter.
Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Uasin Gishu County has been closed for eight months for renovation and thus will not be available to hold league matches. Meanwhile, Muhoroni Stadium in Kisumu County has been allowed to hold only low or no risk matches.
A full report of all stadiums eligible to host top flight club football matches is expected be released by Stadia Safety and Security Council (SSSC) later on.