JIS News

Approximately 0.5 per cent of the seating at Sabina Park will be designated for persons with disabilities, said Venue Development Director for the Jamaica Local Organising Committee (LOC), Chris Smith.
Mr. Smith, who took journalists and International Cricket Council (ICC) pitch and field inspectors on a tour of the work being done on the facility on September 13, informed that the seating for disabled persons would be provided at the different price points. “They will be in the bleachers, suites, grandstands, sitting mound areas.wherever persons are sitting there will be facilities,” he informed.
The move to provide seating for the disabled community ties in with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Friendly City 2007 project aimed at promoting Jamaica as a disabled friendly destination.
In terms of the media facility at the venue, Mr. Smith explained that it would accommodate 200 tabled press persons. “We have 70 in our legacy facility and we have a temporary facility for 130 additional tabled press persons,” he pointed out. He reminded that these were the requirements of the ICC, which had to be met. “I will hasten to say that all media will be treated well, both local and overseas media,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, Mr. Smith informed that the players’ quarters would be situated on level one of the new North Stand. The home team will be housed on the west side, while the visiting team will be on the east side.
“There is also an inner room for players to dine and they will be able to come out to view the action on the field,” he noted. There will also be a private entrance on level one.
The North Stand at Sabina Park, which is expected to be completed by November 30, will house 78 suites, state-of-the-art players and officials’ facilities, broadcasters’ facilities, press boxes and seating for approximately 2,000 spectators.
Sabina Park will host six first round group stage matches and one semi-final during the ICC CWC 2007.