National Stadiumby Michael Bascombe

ST GEORGE’S, October 2, 2015 – The Grenada Football Association (GFA) has welcomed the near completion of the new athletic and football stadium at Queens Park.

The stadium is near completion and the contractors are expected to hand over the facility to the government this month. An unveiling ceremony is being planned for early next year, according to Minister of State in the Ministry of Sports, Senator Winston Garraway.

President of the GFA, Cheney Joseph said the stadium will provide an opportunity for the association to stage more regional and international football tournaments.

Grenada’s recent matches in the World Cup Qualifiers against Puerto Rico and Haiti were played at the Cricket Stadium.

“The completion of the stadium is a first step toward accommodating quality international matches at home,” said Joseph.

“The GFA has an opportunity to display its readiness to stage high quality matches and competitions.”

He said it will also present an opportunity for the GFA to increase generation from 2016 and beyond.

“Our executive committee must now realise these opportunities and prepare to take advantage,” he said.

The stadium will be the venue for the staging of two major football tournaments in 2016, namely the CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship and the Windward Islands Football Association (WIFA) Men’s Tournament.

The GFA is also proposing a reorgainsed domestic league which will use the stadium as the main venue in an effort to maximise on revenue.

Grenada will be one of eight teams participating in the CONCACAF Tournament scheduled for March 3-13, 2016 at the National Stadium.

The tournament will crown the Confederation’s champion at this level, and qualify three teams to the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be played in Jordan.

The Under-17 Women’s Championship Grenada 2016 will include eight teams, three from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), two from the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) and three from North America.

Canada, Mexico and the United States are the automatic North American entrants, while the CFU and UNCAF qualifying processes will take place in coming months.  As host country, Grenada is automatically qualified as one of the three CFU representatives.

Mexico is the defending champion of the CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship, having won the title in Jamaica in November 2013.

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