THE DAYLIGHTING PERFORMANCE OF INDOOR SPORTS ARENAS IN

their traditional function of nurturing healthy bodies and in effect healthy minds. The type of sports popular with Kenyans and abroad
can be classified as either indoor or outdoor, the fundamental difference being that whereas the latter take place in contact with the
elements of the weather, the former take place in controlled environments away from the sun, rain and wind. This thesis is biased
towards the control of sunlight in indoor sports buildings, leaving out the control of the remaining two weather elements for future
studies. An insight into various day lighting techniques that are in application in indoor sports arena will be sought so as to ascertain
whether they provide the sportsmen and sportswomen who use the said arenas the recommended visual comfort levels. It is
therefore going to take the case study method of research whereby indoor sports arenas in similar locations will be compared
against each other and lessons picked for transfer in either direction of the divide. By the end of the thesis, we shall see a national
shame that is our Moi International Sports Centre Indoor Arena, its Warm up Hall, and their counterpart, the Nyayo National
Stadium. Compared to other practices, these indoor sports arenas are unfit for the visual consumption of our ambitious sportsmen
and sportswomen.
The Government of Kenya has stepped up efforts to promote sports, more especially through the promise to oversee the
construction of at least one sports stadium in every county. Recommendations at the last chapter of this thesis are deemed to be of
benefit to both the public and private stakeholders in such projects. Suggestions are also made on how to improve the existing
facilities in order that they take a modern, sustainable outlook that will both be good for the environment and visual health of
spectators and sportsmen and sportswomen using these facilities.
 

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