In about one year one from now, works of face-lifting the City Park Hockey Stadium will take place to replace the worn out turf, with popular company Greenfields likely to oversee the long awaited job.
This was revealed on Tuesday November 21 during an inspection spearheaded by Greenfields regional sales manager Sophocles Sophocleous, who was accompanied by the Kenya Hockey Union officials including chairman Nashon Randiek.
This is a big step for Kenyan Hockey especially the teams, who have been playing on the surface that was built way back in 1987 as the country prepared to host the fourth All Africa Games held in Nairobi
PHOTO: KHU Chairman Nashon Randiek poses for a photo with Greenfields representatives and other officials
Greenfields is a company that has been committed to producing the most innovative and technologically advanced synthetic turf systems in the world. They accomplish this through our years of experience in manufacturing, construction and installation, their long-standing commitment to research and development and unwavering commitment to complete customer satisfaction.
Apart from laying a new turf on the playing ground, other areas that will also be improved include the drainage system, scoreboard, lighting and the surrounding boards.
The company is commonly known in the country for having laid out artificial turfs at the Camp Toyoyo Stadium, Moi Stadium and Braeburn schools. Internationally, it has overseen works at the recently concluded African Cup of Nations that were held in Egypt, the 2016 hockey World Cup, last year's Junior World Cup that was in India among others.
PHOTO: Greenfields sales manager Sophocles inspects a sprinkler at the City Park Hockey Stadium
``There is a very strong interest and desire from all stakeholders to upgrade the standard of the pitch so we will do all we can to make sure that that dream becomes a reality for hockey lovers in Kenya,'' said Sophocleous, who is the sales manager for the Middle East and Africa.
``Once the resources are available, four months is enough for us to complete the job.
``The turf will come with an eight-year warranty and will last for about fifteen years. The other advantage is that the cost of maintenance is cheaper because you will only need to replace the turf with the existing shockwaves,'' he added.
On his part, Kenya Hockey Union chairman Nashon Randiek said, ``We have one year to look for and get the money required for the job. However, the current ground is still usable so there is no cause for alarm. We will continue using it the way it is with proper maintenance until the new one is laid.''
Randiek also stated that once the old turf is removed, it will be taken to another hockey stadium either in Kisumu or Mombasa so as to increase the number of good and usable pitches.
PHOTO: Sophocles is shown the water tank by KHU officials