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Stadium to be rebuilt

It’s official.

The National Stadium will have to be rebuilt.

Word of this has come from Minister of Sports Stephen Lashley, who today revealed that the five stands surrounding the island’s main athletic track were damaged beyond repair.


He said papers outlining the project design were now before the Ministry of Finance and plans were underway for a report to be submitted to Cabinet for the construction of a new Stadium.

Lashley said the new Stadium will be rebuilt at Waterford.

However, the minister said one of the biggest issues would be the cost and finding the finances to undertake such a project.

“Right now I believe these stands have been repaired to the full extent that they can be. We have to make a choice if we are to spend the money repairing the stands or spend the money starting to rebuild the National Stadium, and I think we have to spend the money starting to rebuild the National Stadium,” Lashley told reporters shortly after officially opening the National Summer Camps 2015 Track and Field competition this morning at the National Stadium.

“We have to build a new Stadium, but of course that is extremely costly. A paper is now before the Ministry of Finance, which actually outlines the project design and in fact all of the drawings were actually completed a while ago . . . .

“We do have a plan of action to have the new Stadium built. The big issue of course is the cost and finding the cost of doing that,” the minister admitted.

The stands were closed off in March, following the conclusion of the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletic Championships (BSSAC) after being deemed as unsafe.

During that event, as well as the National Primary School Athletic Championships (NAPSAC), it was reported that several pieces of the Stadium’s defective roof fell and struck patrons.

Since then the Waterford track has hosted several meets, including the National Championships, with spectators forced to take in the action from the cycling tracks.

With the 2016 NAPSAC less than six months away, Lashley said temporary seating may have to be brought to the Stadium to facilitate spectators.

“We do recognize that in the interim we have to find a way of hosting particularly the NAPSAC and the BSSAC. We may very well have to bring in some temporary seating here at the National Stadium to host those Games. But it is clear that the way forward is the rebuilding of the National Stadium,” he outlined.

He said there was also the possibility the two events could be held at the University of the West Indies’ Usain Bolt Track.

9 Responses to Stadium to be rebuilt

  1. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes August 13, 2015 at 4:40 am

    About time.

  2. Joceline Blackett
    Joceline Blackett August 13, 2015 at 4:40 am

    About time, long overdue.

  3. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid August 13, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Which one of the biggest players going to get the work hmmmmmm

  4. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain August 13, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Dem should deal with the psychiatric hospital first…anything else after

  5. cecil P August 13, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I agree with everyone I was a cyclist on that track .I win a few medals on that track and that was in the early seventies that’s before I head to the north pole so yes we do need a very nice stadium

  6. Tony Webster August 13, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I hasten to agree:we need a new/retro-fitted national stadium. However, as others have here commented, we also need many other infrastructural enhancements, or massive repairs, or mash-up-and-build-back things. We have not yet completed the never-ending Warrens ” highwat-solution-thingamajig”; neither have we finished paying Al Barrack. We ain’t got de cash; and we cyan borrow no mo’ from C.B.B., and we cyan throw mo’ strain on taxpayers, and the bottom of the N.I.S. barrel gine soon be visible after the latest $76 million “lucky-dip”.
    Everything has its rational place in national priorities: most unfortunately, this excludes those preeminent ones..which intrude every five years…when all bets are off…and all “can play”.

    Memo to N.I.S Board: brace yuhself!

  7. ville August 13, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Can you imagine we just spend money repairing those stands, that money could have been spent building at lease one stand. I said long ago that we should have built one stand every 5 years on the opposite side. At lease all the stands wont have to be knocked down all at once. They would help block the wind as well.


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