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Contracts for all park and ride sites for the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007, with the exception of the National Heroes Park, have been finalized.
“We are still trying to negotiate an affordable fee with the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), who exercises control over the park,” Executive Director of the Jamaica Local Organising Committee (LOC), Robert Bryan, told journalists at a press briefing, held at the offices of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) in Kingston, on November 28.
Delaying matters, he explained, was the fact that the “fee on the table” was essentially “outside of the budget” of the LOC. However, he assured that both parties “were still talking” about the matter.
The National Stadium, Up Park Camp and a nearby Urban Development Corporation (UDC) property are among the park and ride sites designated for Sabina Park.
On the list for the Trelawny Stadium are the Rock playfield, Daniel Town playfield, Hague showgrounds, Elleston Wakeland youth centre and the Old Dump site.
Spectators will be shuttled to and from these sites at both venues. Sections within these sites will be colour coded as well as buses, to ensure as little confusion as possible.
The LOC has also put out tender for the supply of the required transport services to move fans around, and the Executive Director is anticipating much interest in this venture.
In regards to the Transportation plan, Mr. Bryan disclosed that the LOC had received assistance from the US Department of Transport, which was facilitated by the home office of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). “The plan is being finalized,” he said.
In the meantime, the security plan, which has been accepted by the ICC CWC 2007, is being implemented. Presently, specific training of the security forces is underway at Sabina Park, as part of the regional training programme being delivered by an international training company, Oriel Solutions.
“This is focused on enabling our security forces to get the required event management training, which is a fundamental requirement for the ICC to pass all the elements of the security plans itself,” he reminded.
Under the Yellow Package, Jamaica will host four warm up matches, which will be held at the newly constructed Trelawny multi-purpose stadium from March 5 to 9, next year. The opening ceremony for the tournament, scheduled for March 11, will also be held at this venue.
Jamaica will also host six first-round matches, including the opening match of the tournament at Sabina Park on March 13, which will pit the West Indies against Pakistan. In addition, Jamaica will host a semi-final match on April 24.