Minister Grange said the project will be allocated for in the 2018-2019 Estimates of Expenditure. However, it will not be a quick project, as construction is expected to last from 3 to 5 years.
The project is expected to entail the construction of a state-of-the-art gym as well as basketball facilities.
Major Desmond Brown, general manager of Independence Park, which manages the stadium, last week indicated the targeted upgrades to the Trelawny stadium as well as the reason for the under-utilization of the facility:
Major Desmon Brown has pointed to the lack of certain infrastructure at the facility for its failure to attract investments through events hosting.
“The major reason why this facility has been underutilised is the fact that the stadium is short of some of the necessary infrastructure to make it more marketable,” cited Brown.
“But it should be known that it is the intention of the Government to make the Trelawny Stadium the centre of its sports tourism programme, and funds have been requested from the Ministry of Finance to commence the first phase in Financial Year 2018-2019,” Brown stated.
Key to the plan, as cited by Brown, is the establishment of a cricket development centre with a gym and improved medical facilities to boost the stadium’s attractiveness as a potential venue for large- and small-scale events.
The Trelawny Stadium has hardly been used since hosting the opening ceremony of the 2007 World Cup.
Since then, it has cost the taxpayers of Jamaica more than $50 million annually.
The National Stadium in Kingston will also be upgraded at the same time. This will entail expanding the seating capacity of the facility beyond 30,000.