Mr. Bronsplein

Established in 1948, Mr. Bronsplein is a large sports complex located on the Gemenelandsweg, in Paramaribo, Suriname.[1]

Mr. Bronsplein
Former namesLanti Djari
LocationParamaribo, Suriname
Coordinates5°49′20.27″N 55°10′23.84″W / 5.8222972°N 55.1732889°W / 5.8222972; -55.1732889Coordinates: 5°49′20.27″N 55°10′23.84″W / 5.8222972°N 55.1732889°W / 5.8222972; -55.1732889
OwnerCity and District of Paramaribo
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Built1946–1948
Opened23 February 1948
Tenants
Ajax (Hoofdklasse) (1921-1968)
Arsenal (Hoofdklasse) (1921-1968)

HistoryEdit

Before World War II the field was already used for association football matches, and was known in the Sranantongo language as "Lanti Djari". In 1946 the initiative was taken to introduce organized matches and competitions to the field by Frits Juda. J. Sleur and Walther. Between 1946 and 1952 organized matches were held on the pitch, with the introduction of the Bronsplein Sport Bond organizing committee in 1952.[1]

On 23 February 1948 the complex was officially named the Mr. Bronsplein Sportterrein, named after colonial governor Johannes Cornelis Brons [nl] who was governor of Surinam from 20 September 1945 to 5 July 1948. The board of directors of the Sport terrain at the time were P.H. Emanuels (chairman), J. Sleur (secretary), A. Holland (treasurer), L. Wijks, and F. Juda en Hooten (commissioners). Both Ajax and SV Arsenal were able to win national championship titles as tenants of the Bronsplein; Ajax in 1926–27, 1928–29, 1929–30 and SV Arsenal in 1938–39, 1939–40 seasons.[1][2]

Notable tenantsEdit

  • Ajax
  • Arsenal
  • Benjamin Boys
  • Elto
  • Haiti
  • Hercules
  • Hooper
  • Jong Atlas
  • KMD (Klein Maar Dapper)
  • MYOB (Mind Your Own Business)
  • Nautico
  • Read Cirkel
  • Remo
  • Rijper Jeugd
  • Rijzende Zon
  • Rosario
  • Toreno
  • Victoria

Notable former playersEdit

Notable players who began their career on the Mr. Bronsplein
Players who began their career on the Mr. Bronsplein and played in the Eredivisie in the Netherlands

1. Humphrey Mijnals was also capped for the Netherlands national football team, before opting to play for Suriname instead.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Mr. Bronsplein; De eerste Surinaamse sportencyclopedie (1893-1988)". dbnl.org.
  2. ^ "20-jarig bestaan Bronsplein wordt gevierd met sportactiviteiten". Sport X Magazine. Retrieved 20 December 2015.

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