Tuesday, July 23, 2024

No delays expected for Ambergris Stadium


In a few months, San Pedro Town is expected to boast one of the most equipped stadiums in the country. The Ambergris Stadium, which is currently under construction, will feature a FIFA international standard pitch that will allow the hosting of international games. Since the launching of the project in September of 2015, progress has been visible on site, and on Wednesday, February 17th, an inspection of the works was conducted.Ambergris Stadium February Update-3
As part of his official tour through the country, Honorable Elodio Aragon Jr. Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports visited San Pedro Town where he joined Mayor Daniel Guerrero along with Deputy Gary Greif and Councillors Hector “Tito” Alamilla and Gabriel Nuñez. Christy Mastry from the Belize Infrastructure Limited and Augusto Blanco from AM Construction were also present at the meeting. The group conducted an onsite visit of the stadium, where great advances in the construction was evident.
Nearing its completion, the site has been completely cleared and bathroom facilities are finished. Land- fill has been delivered and will soon be spread and compacted. Ambergris Stadium February Update-1Another major development is the building of the bleachers which is expected to comfortably accommodate approximately 800 persons.Ambergris Stadium February Update-4
No delays are envisioned for the completion of the project, and the time frame to complete the stadium continues in the range of 8 to 10 months from its starting date back in September of 2015. Mastry, who oversees the execution of the project, stated back in November of 2015 that the works are advancing as planned and talks have been held on the possibility of using synthetic turf on the pitch. “We are looking to see if it will be appropriate and affordable for the project in Ambergris Caye. It has been a suggestion to us by many people, and we know the challenges with maintaining natural grass… the irrigation and water supply… so we are trying to pull our pennies together and make this work.” commented Mastry. “As you can see, we have put a lot of filling on the site and we had a discussion to confirm that with this filling and the additional sand we have ordered, it will take us to the necessary height needed in order to accommodate the proper drainage for the synthetic turf, but it looks like we are 80% sure that we will be providing synthetic turf for the island,” said Mastry. When the fill is spread and compacted, additional planning for drainage and the turf is expected to follow.Ambergris Stadium February Update-2
The vision of Belize infrastructure Limited for the project continues to be the same. Upon completion the stadium will include a regulation pitch, locker facilities, concession stands, bathroom facilities and a storage unit. Once completed, the field will be the only proper football pitch on the island and will benefit the development of the sport on the island. In addition the stadium will also be suitable for softball, running and track and field.

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