Trelawny Stadium Will Boost Sports in Western Jamaica

Cricket Operations Director for the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007, Michael Hall, has said that the scenic Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium had the potential to be a major catalyst for sports in Western Jamaica attracting major international sporting events throughout the year.
Mr. Hall, who spoke to JIS News at the warm-up match between West Indies and India at the facility on Friday (March 9), said that the construction of the “multi-purpose stadium in Trelawny and the fact that it has been used to host four official warm-up matches in a major event as the Cricket World Cup, is a good investment by the country and can only be to the benefit of sports in this parish and indeed the wider Western Jamaica”.
He added that, “it’s a beautiful facility, certainly from the viewpoint of the players. they all love it and all the four teams that were here think it’s a wonderful facility”.
In the meantime, he noted that the staging of the ICC CWC in Jamaica, would redound to the country’s economic benefit. “The staging of this event by Jamaica and the expenditure that the authorities have undertaken. is going to prove to be a very worthwhile investment. Already, we have seen much improvement to roads, health, the ports, telecommunication and many more. All of these things have been accelerated by the fact that the country was staging the event,” he pointed out.
Past President of the Jamaica Baptist Union and Pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay, Rev. Everton Jackson, who attended the match, which was won by India, had high praises for those who conceived of the stadium project.
“The entire lay-out is very good, the architectural design is first class and I believe that this will undoubtedly add to the profile of our country. I also believe that it will go a far way in enhancing the sporting life of the country and the development of our young people and by extension the economy, because with a complex like this, we can host any international game or event”.
Another spectator Denton Campbell, who is a consultant with the Airports Authority of Jamaica, also gave the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium a passing grade, describing it as a “fine facility that has great potential and is welcome in Western Jamaica’.
“We now have a facility that can attract and accommodate cricket of the highest quality and if our youngsters are exposed to that sort of cricket, it will encourage and motivate them to perform at a high level. This is good for all youth in Western Jamaica as they will no longer have to travel all the way to Kingston to see or participate in that level of cricket,” Mr. Campbell told JIS News.
Also giving commendations was Manager of the St. James Branch of the National People’s Co-operative Bank, Carlton McNaughton, who opined that the hosting of the ICC CWC was a “big opportunity for Jamaicans and the country in general as we showcase ourselves to the world”.
In addition to hosting four warm-up matches, the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium was the site for yesterday’s (March 11) grand opening ceremony of the ICC CWC, which saw the parade of all 16 teams in the tournament, with heads of state and governments from across the region and ICC officials, in attendance.
The colourful event, reflecting the diversity of the Caribbean, was beamed to an estimated 2.6 billion television audience world-wide.

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