Upgrading and expansion plans announced for Jamaican stadia

By May 10, 2019

The Jamaican government has engaged consultants to look into the viability of upgrading the National Stadium in Kingston and the stadium in Trelawny with a view to attracting international sporting events.

According to Jamaica’s Sports Minister Olivia Minister Olivia Grange, the national stadium will have state-of-the-art anti-doping facilities, most of the stadium will the covered; the bleachers semi-covered. There will be a new royal box, an additional 10,000 seats and the existing Velodrome will be removed and a new one built. There will also be a new Royal Box.

There will also be small conference-room facilities so that the stadium will always be in use.

The Trelawny Stadium will have a cricket academy, a running track, modern basketball arena, state-of-the-art gym, and baseball diamond among other facilities. It will be promoted as the centre of sports tourism in Jamaica.

The minister made the announcement at the launch of the 2019 edition of the Racers Adidas Grand Prix set for the five-decades-old National Stadium on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

“I am pleased to inform you that I have signed an agreement with APEC Consultants under a programme facilitated by the Public Sector Investment Management Secretariat and this is an organisation responsible to see that Government’s investment in projects is properly researched and managed,” she said.

“This contract is signed in relation to the redevelopment of the National Stadium and the Trelawny Stadium.

“The contract is valued at JMD$30 million and is for the development of a financial proposal for the redevelopment, expansion and upgrading of these two national facilities. It will bring the national stadium and the Trelawny stadium up for First-World Standards as we ready ourselves for the development of sport and entertainment events which are critical components of nation-building.”

The minister said she expects to consultants to submit their report by September 2019. That report, she said, will also provide her with a business plan and architectural designs of the national stadium and the Trelawny stadium.

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