The stadium was originally known as African Stadium. then Renamed to Donholm Road Stadium. It was renamed to Jogoo Road Stadium after Kenya gained independence in 1963 and finally to City Stadium .
It was the principal stadium in Nairobi until the 80's when Nyayo National Stadium and Moi International Sports Centre were built. It is used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of the traditional Gor Mahia and some other local clubs. The stadium has a capacity of 15,000 people.
Probably the highest profile athletics competition held at Nairobi City Stadium was Jomo Kenyatta memorial meeting in 1979. International athletes like Edwin Moses, Alberto Salazar and Henry Rono participated .