Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the procurement process for the redevelopment of the National Stadium has been completed, and a consultant has been selected to prepare a business plan.
Ms. Grange made the announcement at the ceremony to break ground for the artificial football turf at the Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence, located at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, on Tuesday (September 25).
“I’ve been instructed by the Prime Minister to fast-track the redevelopment of the National Stadium. We are now going to be moving quickly into the design stage of the redevelopment… . Once it’s completed, most of the stadium will be covered, and we will have good anti-doping facilities, proper dressing rooms, gym and all the other facilities that you would find in a first-class facility,” the Minister said.
“We know we have at least two major [sporting] events annually, and we plan to develop other programmes, so we can have other major events where we fill out the stadium. We’re also pursuing other diplomatic engagements with other countries, where we seek to provide additional support for athletes, establish Jamaica as a destination for the hosting of major sporting events and improve our sports infrastructure through capacity building and financial investment,” she added.
The Minister also noted that work will soon begin on the Stadium East field, so that it can be completed before the start of the track season next year.
“We have put plans in place to improve and maintain our sports infrastructure in a major way. A submission to resurface and upgrade the Stadium East facilities is now at Cabinet for sign-off, and this should be done in another week or two,” Miss Grange said.