JIS News

The new state-of-the art Montego Bay Sports Complex at Catherine Hall, St. James, officially opened last June, is currently being fitted with floodlights.

Four pylons, each supporting a set of 32 lights, have been strategically set up at the complex, with representatives of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) and contractors working to complete the final stages by next week.

According to Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee for the CONCACAF Under-17 Championships, Councillor Charles Sinclair, all works should be completed in time for the official commissioning of the lights by week end, and there is collaboration with the JPS to determine what the hourly rates should be, if persons or organisations desire to use the lights.

"The lights are being installed under the contract for the construction of the stadium, which has been funded through financial support from the Government of Venezuela. We expect that these lights will be commissioned by the end of this week, judging from the last word we received from the contractors a few days ago," Mayor Sinclair told JIS News.

He expressed optimism that all will go well, so as to have the lights properly tested to meet the expectations of the JPS' inspectors.

The Mayor pointed out that there are several up-coming events, such as the Milo Western Relays and the Under-17 CONCACAF Championships, with some events scheduled for late evenings or nights.

"Having regards to the arrangements that have been made for the CONCACAF Games, for the broadcast of the events overseas, it is critical that we ensure that the arrangements regarding the lights are satisfactorily completed," Mayor Sinclair told JIS News.

The Montego Bay Sports Complex, one of several sporting facilities upgraded under the San Jose Accord, has been established by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) at a cost of US$14.9 million.