Junior Minister for Trade, Investment Promotions, Consumer Affairs, Eighth District Representative, Hon. Marlon Penn announced that the football stadium project that is being funded by FIFA is still of interest to the international organization.
During a media interview the Junior Minister mentioned that the project is not only important to his District, but to the Territory as well and he noted that government received commitment from FIFA through the BVI Football Association that the project will continue. In fact, Hon. Penn said: “For me that project is a critical component of our sports tourism initiative that we are trying to move forward. I had discussions with Andy Bickerton who pledged his commitment to this project.”
Like many other projects, the Greenland stadium was affected by last year’s hurricanes, but Hon. Penn assured that despite the setbacks the project will move along. “Of course Irma has left all of us scrambling to get our own homes back in place and get all the different things back in place. Andy is now positioned in an even more senior role in the organization and he has said that we got commitments to ensure that that project moves forward,” he said.
The Junior Minister also disclosed that FIFA representatives visited the project site after the hurricanes: “The developer, of the initial project was on the ground doing an assessment of the facility, of the field [to see]whether we need to repair it or redo the entire…Since Irma they have been on the ground. So they are committed to that project, I am committed to that project for our community. I believe that it brings a great economic opportunity not just for my community, and the East End – Long Look community but for the entire territory.”
The Greenland stadium will include a six lane 400meter track field, regulation-sized football field, netball and volleyball court and other related amenities.
Government completed its part of the agreement which entailed the preparation of the grounds for construction.