TUCKER, St James
MONTEGO Bay United (MBU), western Jamaica's only Red Stripe Premier League team this season, will split their home games between the Montego Bay Sports Complex at Catherine Hall and the Lion's Den field at Tucker, according the club president Orville Powell.
The facility that has been upgraded over the past few years, got the go-ahead on Monday after a team from the Jamaica Football Federation's (JFF)'s Technical Committee and the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) toured the facilities.
Powell told the Jamaica Observer West they had put in 600 seats to complement the grandstand that was erected last year, adding that the playing surface has been improved over the past few seasons.
When the Observer West visited the venue yesterday, work was being completed on a perimeter fence, and the seating that will occupy two sides of the field -- the western and northern ends. The field, which looks to be in immaculate condition, was being cut.
For at least this season, Powell said, there will be no lights at the facility, pointing out that games there will only be played during day.
MBU had not worked out how many games would be played at either venue as yet. However, last season MBU and the St James Parish Council, owners of the Catherine Hall facilities, brokered an agreement with the help of the JFF, that saw the fees to use the stadium being waived and both entities sharing the profits.
MBU had threatened to move their home games out of the parish due to what they say were the exorbitant fees being charged by the council to use the stadium.
Meanwhile, MBU, which will be starting their third season at the Premier League level, will open their season away to Tivoli Gardens on Sunday, September 15.
The competition, which will revert to a semi-final and final format, was officially launched at a press conference held in Kingston yesterday.