ST GEORGE’S, November 27, 2015 – The new Athletics and Football Stadium in Grenada will be unveiled on January 23, 2016, according to Sports Minister Emmalin Pierre.
Pierre, who was making her contribution to the 2016 Budget on Thursday, said that preparations for the handing over and opening of the stadium are proceeding as planned and in time for the staging of sporting events in the New Year.
Grenada is scheduled to host the CONCACAF Under-17 Girls’ Football Tournament and the CARIFTA Games in March 2016. The stadium will also be used for staging of the annual National Primary Schools’ Athletics Championships and the Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships.
“We are very close to the handing over of the keys for the facility…and we’re hastening slowly in that process because we want to make sure for CARIFTA (Games), particularly, because we want to make sure that we meet all of the requirements for the games,” Pierre announced during her contribution to the budget presentation.
“Mr Speaker, we anticipate that the opening of this facility would be on the 23rd of January, we anticipate that would be the date, and we are all looking forward to that.
I want to specifically recognise Ambassador (Boqian) Ou and the People’s Republic of China for their commitment and their contribution in the rebuilding of this facility.”
The US$20 million refurbishment stadium project was undertaken by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation.
It includes the construction of three main stands with an 8,000-seat capacity, international standard athletic tracks, a professional size football field and media facilities, among others.
In a previous interview, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell said that the new athletics and football stadium, on completion, could create a launch pad for new investment opportunities, particularly in sports tourism.
“We have weather conditions here. Many of the teams abroad in England and other places in cold conditions and there is hardly any break in the Barclays Premier League (Football), so fellas have to be constantly training, so in the off-time you have the facilities here and therefore you promote this as a place for teams to come,” he said in an interview with GrenadaSports.
“So I see the stadium as an important factor in terms of football, athletics and so on. I also see the stadium and what it can do with cricket.”
Dr Mitchell said the plans are to transform the stadium into multi-purpose show pieces that could also spur economic activity.