Manager of Grenada’s premier sporting facility, the Grenada National Stadium has hinted that repairs to the National Stadium in the aftermath of Carnival 2015 could cost in the region of fifteen thousand dollars.
Bruce Swan updated the media on issues surrounding the outfield and the facility at the National Stadium and progress by ground staff in getting the ground match ready ahead of today’s game after it received a heavy pounding from carnival revelers during the 2015 carnival celebration.
Having admitted that the damages done to the ground were quite extensive Swan said his staff is equal to the task. However, he said, restoration to the field is costing in the region of six thousand dollars while work on the facility that includes repairs to water lines, face basin, toilet sets, doors, locks among others would cost in the region of seven thousand dollars.
The newly appointed manager said in as much as they want people to enjoy themselves, the National Stadium must be treated with some level of respect. According to him, some of the areas and items that were vandalized were senseless moves on the part of those responsible, and hinted that in going forward more stringent measures would have to be put in place to limit this kind of behavior.
Swan noted that public facilities are to be used for the purpose for which it is intended and not to be vandalized. He further issued a clarion call, admonishing Grenadians to be each other’s keeper in protecting public properties remembering that at the end of the day they belong to Grenadians.
When asked what measures were put in place to minimize the impact on the field during the celebration in the event of rain, Swan said although carpets were used in the past to protect the ground, the quality was not the best and he is not certain that if used this year, the damages to the field would have been less severe. He noted however that plans are in the making to secure a more suitable carpet that would protect the grass and at the same the reduce damages to the field.
Swan went on, while the grounds have made significant strides in terms of recovery and would be ready to host today’s game, Grenada versus Haiti on the best surface, he commended the ground staff for going the extra mile to get the ground ready but he blamed Spice Mas Corporation for not sticking to plans and getting the stage and other related items off the field in time to start preparation for the football match and later International Women Cricket, Pakistan Versus West Indies.
Swan’s comments on the readiness of the field ahead of today’s game were endorsed by chief grounds man Kevin Holas, who noted that his staff have done everything necessary to ensure that the field is ready and therefore assured Grenadians that they can rest assured that this afternoon’s game would be played on a top quality field.