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$150m Stadium Plan

$150m Stadium Plan
Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau, and Minister for Labour Jone Usamate with National Sports Commission Chairman Peter Mazey at the FHC Bank Business Forum at the Tanoa Skylodge Hotel in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
August 27
11:32 2017


Nadi is being eyed as the hub for sports not only for Fiji but the Pacific as plans are in the pipeline for the construction of a modern stadium which could cost up to $150million.

The land that has been eyed is 50 acres and is being provided by the Nakovacake Development Trust.

Nadi Chamber of Commerce president, Dr Ram Raju confirmed initial talks have already been held with Investment Fiji.

Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, Peter Mazey while speaking at the Western Business Forum and the Private Sector at Tanoa Skylodge in Nadi yesterday, said sports tourism was a huge potential in Nadi.

Mazey who is also the Fiji Sports Council chairman said around 50 acres of land had been identified close to Denarau in which the sport complex would be built.

The 35,000 seat proposed stadium, he added would be the biggest in the Pacific region.

Mazey said the state of the art sports complex would include a stadium and indoor arena which could be profitable if it is rightly managed.

It would be suitable to host all international events including rugby, rugby league, football, and cricket and other outdoor events and meetings.

In order for the project to succeed, Mazey said they would need support from the community.

“International models for funding such avenues shows that it needs a commitment from landowners, investors and the local community, supported by Government,” he said.

Mazey said it was suitable for Nadi because it had the international airport and accommodation.

He said Suva weren’t able to secure some international sporting events because the capital didn’t have the accommodation and other services which were only available in Nadi.

“Currently Suva misses out on more events because of accommodation as, we need several thousand beds for the large events and we need the direct air links provided by a large international airport,” Mazey said.

It was important that Nadi, he said improved its sporting facilities if they wanted to host sporting international events

Edited by Osea Bola




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