Government plans to spend some $102 million to refurbish the four stadia which were built under the UNC government for the 2001 Youth World Cup, Sport Minister Gary Hunt stated yesterday.
The stadia were built through the instrumentality of FIFA vice president and Concacaf boss Jack Warner and there was a controversy over the tendering procedures.
"It speaks to the quality of construction," Hunt said, as he noted that the 30-year-old Hasely Crawford Stadium, which was close to the sea, never had a need for that kind of upgrade.
Giving details of the breakdown in cost, Hunt said Government would spend $23.5 million on the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago, $27.5 million on the Larry Gomes in Arima, $22 million on the Ato Boldon in Couva and $29 million on the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella. He said the Government proposed to put down two artificial fields on the two stadia - Manny Ramjohn and Larry Gomes- which were in high use.
"We would be using the highest specs in the refurbishment and upgrade of the stadia," he said.
Hunt said Government was doing a general refurbishment on the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Shaw Park in Tobago, Woodford Lodge and Saith Park, all in preparation of the Trinidad and Tobago Games next year.
Stating that international athletes such as Usain Bolt would be competing here, Hunt said the Games would be "as close to Grand Prix status as possible". -RT
Gary "Isaac" Hunt must fockin criticise the stadia the UNC built.
How fockin long now this nigga run regime trying to build one stadium (the Brian Lara Stadium) in Tarouba.
Cost overuns galore. It suppose to finish for the cricket world cup. Maybe for the fockin one in 2011.
This is only about givin contracts to dey fockin conts to milk the fockin country some more.