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$17.5m for stadium upgrade

August 09
13:21 2012

ANZ Bank Chief executive officer for Pacific Central Region and general manager Fiji. Norman Wilson, (second from left) Fiji Sports Council chairman Peter Mazey and Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama at the National Stadium during its upgrade groundbreaking ceremony yesterday. Photo: JONA KONATACI

By ANASILINI RATUVA

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama officially launched the start of upgrading works at the National Stadium in Suva yesterday.
As chief guest, he laid the foundation for the upgrade of the stadium.
Commodore Bainimarama commended the hard work being put together for the project.
“As many of you know, the National Stadium was closed in May to enable the Fiji Sports Council to prepare the facilities for the commencement of the upgrade proper,” he said.
“This initiative has been a long time coming. In 1979, the stadium, running track and main ground was built for $3.5 million.
“There may be some of you here today who remembered the first matches held in the then new stadium between Fiji and the New Zealand Maoris, England and France, and the 1979 South Pacific Games,” Commodore Bainimarama remarked.
He said those were wonderful moments from Fiji’s sporting past but now the time had come to work towards Fiji’s sporting future.
“This renovation and upgrade of the National Stadium is a partnership between the private sector and Government.
“The Sports Council has secured funding of $17.5 million from ANZ Bank which has been guaranteed by my Government.
“We all know how important sport is to all Fijians. We have a long and distinguished sporting history.
“It is only fitting, therefore, that we provide our athletes with the best possible facilities to enable them to compete on the international stage. Not just for the athletes we already have, but for the development of a younger generation of athletes as well.”
Commodore Bainimarama said the new facilities will better Fiji’s position to host regional and international tournaments.
“This will help encourage sports tourism, which will contribute towards Fiji’s economy and boost Fiji’s global presence. It can also lead to related infrastructure development and can provide new opportunities for public-private collaboration.”
Council chairman Peter Mazey was proud of what they had achieved to date.
“This is in line with the strategic direction of the Fiji Sports Council board which is to ensure Fiji has international facilities in our country,
“FSC is grateful to our government for the sports grant extended which has allowed this upgrade to take place, this is great for sports and sportspeople of Fiji,” Mazey said.
The upgrade will see the current ground up to standard correct measurement of a rugby, football and rugby league field. The council will also ensure there is proper drainage in the ground in place to eradicate the flooding issue.
The newly renovated stadium will also include changing rooms, masseur’s area, coach’s room, players lounge, officials referee, ball boys and girls and media room. It will also have new tower lights that will meet international lighting requirements required to televise night games.
Buckhurst and Bidesi Parks will also include three playing grounds, all new changing rooms and showers, a small stadium and a 100-metre artificial training track. that we provide our athletes with the best facilities to enable them to compete on the international stage. Not just for the athletes we already have, but for the development of a younger generation of athletes as well.”
Commodore Bainimarama said the new facilities would improve Fiji’s position to host regional and international tournaments.
“This will help encourage sports tourism, which will contribute towards Fiji’s economy and boost Fiji’s global presence. It can also lead to related infrastructure development and can provide new opportunities for public-private collaboration.”
Council chairman Peter Mazey was proud of what they had achieved.
“This is in line with the strategic direction of the Fiji Sports Council Board which is to ensure Fiji has international facilities in our country,
“FSC is grateful to our Government for the sports grant extended which has allowed this upgrade to take place. This is great for sports and sportspeople of Fiji,” Mazey said.
The upgrade will see the current ground extended to international measurement and standard to suit rugby, football and rugby league. The council will also ensure there is proper drainage in the ground in place to eradicate the flooding issue.
The renovated stadium will include changing rooms, masseurs’ area, coaches room, players lounge, officials, referees, ball boys and girls and a media room. It will also have new tower lights that will meet international lighting requirements required to televise night games.
Buckhurst and Bidesi parks will include three playing grounds, new changing rooms and showers, a small stadium and a 100-metre synthetic training track.

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