Barbados National Stadium

Barbados National Stadium is a multi-use outdoor stadium in Waterford, St. Michael, Barbados. Occupying a 22-acre site, it was officially opened on 23 October 1970 by Prince Charles.[1] Situated approximately 4.3 km northeast of the capital city Bridgetown, it is located on Highway 2 at Stadium Road, Codrington, St. Michael The Stadium is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home of the Barbados national football team.

Barbados National Stadium
LocationWaterford, St. Michael, Barbados
Coordinates13°07′12″N 59°36′18″W / 13.120°N 59.605°W / 13.120; -59.605Coordinates: 13°07′12″N 59°36′18″W / 13.120°N 59.605°W / 13.120; -59.605
OwnerGovernment of Barbados
OperatorNational Sports Council (1 Feb 1978–Present)
National Stadium Corporation (5 May 1966–31 Jan 1978)
Capacity15,000
SurfaceTrack and field
Construction
Built1968-1970
Opened1970
Tenants
Notre Dame SC

The stands are named after renowned Barbadian athletes: the Clarence Jemmott "A" Stand, the O'Donnell "Don" Norville "B" Stand, the VIP Stand, the James "Jim" Wedderburn "C" Stand, the Patricia "Patsy" Callender "D" Stand and also there is the Randolph Fields Velodrome and the Christie Smith Gate, the Reginal Haynes Gate, and the Jaycees Gate at the north side of the Stadium.

In 2006, FIFA condemned the stadium as unfit for purpose, as little improvement or repair had been made to it since it had opened in 1970. There were plans to demolish the existing stands and rebuild the ground before Barbados' 2010 World Cup qualification campaign began.[2] In 2011 the Barbadian government estimated the cost to re-engineer the stadiums' running track at 2 million dollars.[3] However, no date was determined as to when the funding could be sourced or the works could be carried out. In 2010 the stadium started hosting the Joseph Payne Memorial Classic, a competitive event among Barbadian secondary school students.[4] The National Stadium's five stands were closed to the public in April 2015 because of rusty pieces of debris which had fallen from the steel supports which held the roofs. From December 2018 to January 2019, the roofs on all the five stands were removed and plans were made to demolish and rebuild the whole stadium. It will soon be constructed into a brand new stadium with new improved stands, car parks and new LED stadium lights as soon as possible.

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Further readingEdit

  • Staff Writer. "National Sports Council facilities : The National Stadium". National Sports Council (Barbados). Archived from the original on 8 August 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2021.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sports". Government of Barbados. Archived from the original on 13 November 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Barbados: Government Still Looking At Redevelopment Of National Stadium" (Press release). Caribbean PressReleases.com. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  3. ^ Marville, Justin (28 January 2011). "$2m hurdle". Nation Newspaper. Archived from the original on 29 January 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
  4. ^ "500 entries for Classic meet". Nation News. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2012.

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