Purposeless Trelawny multi-purpose stadium a sad sight

By Melissa Talbert June 17, 2020

 If you think there’s something sad about watching a football match without fans, try picturing a promising stadium with barely any sporting activity for several years.

Though Dictionary.com defines a stadium as; ‘a sports arena, usually oval or horseshoe-shaped, with tiers of seats for spectators,’ it often means so much more than that. Fans associate memories with stadiums.

Memories as precious and seemingly trivial as sitting next to a stranger, buying peanuts from a friendly vendor, or as unforgettable as getting goosebumps from a big win. Unfortunately, not all stadiums have this privilege.

A full thirteen years after its construction, the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium remains underutilised.  As the name suggests, the multi-purpose stadium was built with the intention of hosting multiple events.  Those events have, however, happened there few and far between.

In 2007, the stadium hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up matches and its opening ceremony. The crowd was immense!

Then, Jamaica played against the Bahamas in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Afterward, the venue welcomed the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival as a tenant for several years— until the festival plummeted in 2015.

Then, earlier this year, the stadium hosted two games for the Regional Four-Day Championship.  The Jamaica Scorpions played the Leeward Islands Hurricanes then played the Guyana Jaguars on February 27 to March 1.

 With the use of the stadium facilities proving to be sporadic in the best of times, its general manager, Major Desmon Brown, believes a lack of infrastructure is to blame.

Brown says the stadium needs proper infrastructure to attract visitors. He suggests improvements to medical facilities, the establishment of a cricket development centre with a gym, refurbished changing rooms, and a cricket practice area to get the stadium up and buzzing.

Good facilities add to the fan experience. If utilised properly, the Trelawny Multi-purpose stadium has the potential to create great sporting memories. Plus, reviews on an unofficial Facebook page rated the venue five out of five.

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