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  • Minister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley says work on the installation of floodlights at the Sabina Park cricket ground is progressing steadily.
  • The Urban Development Corporation, which is managing the project, awarded a contract to the Fosrich Group of Companies.
  • She further thanked the Government of India, the TEF and the team of persons “who worked to make this project come to fruition."

Minister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley says work on the installation of floodlights at the Sabina Park cricket ground is progressing steadily.

The Minister gave the assurance in her contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 24.

She noted that the Government of Jamaica had signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of India to provide financial support in the sum of US$2.1 million to install the floodlights.

“The Urban Development Corporation (UDC), which is managing the project, awarded a contract to the Fosrich Group of Companies in the sum of US$2,752,817.63. Recognising the sport tourism value of Sabina Park, the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) Board has also approved funding toward this project,” Mrs. Neita Headley informed.

She further thanked the Government of India, the TEF and the team of persons “who worked to make this project come to fruition for the invaluable support they have given to the development of Jamaica’s sport infrastructure.”

Installation of the floodlights at the country’s most popular cricket venue is expected to boost revenue for the owners and operators of the park, as night matches will become a viable option.

The improvements will also further position Jamaica as a sports tourism destination.