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  • Minister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley says it will cost the Government approximately $270 million to upgrade the National Stadium.
  • The upgrading work, which has already begun, will be done in five phases.
  • The long-awaited upgrade of the Leila Robinson netball courts is now a reality.

Minister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley says it will cost the Government approximately $270 million to upgrade the National Stadium.

Making her contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 24, Mrs. Neita Headley explained that the upgrading work, which has already begun, will be done in five phases.

“The scope of work for these phases involve the construction of concession stands, additional restrooms and the installation of skyboxes in the south and north bleachers,” Mrs. Neita Headley said.

She informed that Phase 1 of the refurbishment has begun at the bleachers. Additionally, 14 street lamps have been retrofitted with LED bulbs in order to improve Independence Park Limited’s energy efficiency.

Also new filters for the stadium swimming pool were replaced and commissioned in February, through $31 million in funding provided by the Sports Development Foundation (SDF).

Meanwhile, she noted that the long-awaited upgrade of the Leila Robinson netball courts is now a reality.

“The new surfaces have been laid and the markings completed.  The goalposts were installed yesterday and I am told that the courts are now ready for a good game of netball,” Mrs. Neita Headley said.

The Minister also informed that the contract for upgrading of seating at the court, was signed on Friday, June 20, and the material is expected to arrive in Jamaica within the next three to four weeks.

“In the coming year we plan to further consolidate the gains of the past year, complete unfinished projects and embark on new ventures in our sport infrastructure development,” Mrs. Neita Headley said.