Works to the multi-purpose stadium at Greenland, East End is expected to resume by December this year.
Minister responsible for Sports, Dr Natalio Wheatley told BVI News the project is expected to be completed by 2021.
“We are waiting until after the hurricane season to really start the work on the stands. So hopefully late into the year and into next year, we will be seeing some progress on that. I believe completion on the entire project — we are looking at around two years,” Minister Wheatley stated.
He further said the immediate goal is to get the football pitch up to standard to start hosting league tournaments, which is big on his Ministry’s agenda to help boost sports tourism in the British Virgin Islands.
“There have some requirements that the field must satisfy in terms of the ball rolling on the pitch, how fast it bounces and things like that. There are some things that have to be dealt with and corrected and once it passed that level of inspection then the field will be ready to play on; even though the stands won’t be completed,” Dr Wheatley added.
The minister also said the sports facility which is currently nameless, will be named in due course.
He also said his ministry will be approaching FIFA to get assistance with getting the Virgin Gorda field up to the required standard, once this East End project is completed.
The project is a partnership between the BVI Government, BVI Football Association and FIFA.
The facility is expected to have 2,500 seats, a six-lane 400-metre grass track, netball and volleyball courts covering ghuts on both sides of the stadium, perimeter fencing, a parking lot for up to 200 cars, and an access road between the parking lot and the multi-purpose stadium.
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