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MoBay mayor announces major upgrade for Montego Bay Sports Complex

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, December 27, 2018

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CATHERINE HALL, St James — The Montego Bay Sports Complex could be getting an overhaul starting early next year as the St James Municipal Council seeks to expand the present offerings of the facility from only football and track and field to other sporting disciplines.

At a recent press conference held at the stadium in Catherine Hall, Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Homer Davis said the municipal council was seeking to add an Olympic-size swimming pool in an effort to add aquatics sports to the offerings at the venue.

“Furthermore, the St James Municipal Council is moving apace for the further development of this Catherine Hall stadium,” he told the press conference that was called to endorse a match between Jamaica's Reggae Boyz and Suriname in the CONCACAF Nations League.

“Already representation has been made to the Government, through the Ministry of Sports, for the Mondo running track to be relayed as we prepare for major international track and field meets in 2019. We are also well advanced in plans for the construction of an Olympic-size swimming pool, which will give us power to negotiate for swim meets, track meets and major football matches.

“The St James Municipal Council is determined to have the stadium's capacity built out in order to facilitate the development and the true reputation of a city as important as Montego Bay, and that will never be achieved until we have the true and vibrant multi-purpose stadium in the city where we can have multi-disciplined sporting activities.”

Mayor Davis, who also extended an invitation to the Jamaica Football Federation to use the facilities to assist the Reggae Girls in their build-up to the FIFA Women's World Cup in France next year, said, “This is the perfect time for us to come together and make sports a major industry in the parish and the region as outside of the National Stadium, this is the most impressive facility we have, and we need to have a closer relationship with the JFF so we can have more international matches here.”

With the large number of hotel rooms, entertainment and social activities available in Montego Bay, the mayor said the stadium can also be used to attract overseas teams for pre-season training as well.


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