THE COMPLETION of the stadium project, which is essentially a home for football, is getting closer, with the visit to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines next Tuesday, July 19, by a high-powered team of FIFA technocrats .
The delegation, which includes the FIFA Regional Manager for the Caribbean – Alejandro Calvente, the FIFA Regional Office Development Manager – Herve Blanchard, as well as the FIFA Regional Office Project Consultant – Jordan Victoire and the consultant in FIFA Infrastructure – David Rosa, will meet with the Executive Committee of the Football Association of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as visit the proposed site in Cane Grove.
Encouraged by the visit and the imminent progress in realizing the project, the President of the Football Association of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Carl Dickson, explained to SEARCHLIGHT the purpose of the visit by FIFA officials.
“They come to determine what studies might be needed in terms of soil studies, finalize the architectural drawings, look at the comets that will be needed and look at the tender dossier which will be used to facilitate the selection process. These four will constitute phase zero of the project,” Dickson emphasized. Beaming the fulfillment of one of his primary desires of his tenure, Dickson called the occasion “great.” is instructive for the decision-making processes of the project.
He further explained, “With the exco, the visit and input from FIFA officials will determine what the first phase of the project will be.”
Dickson advised that the first phase will include perimeter fencing and playing surface layout, pitch lighting, initial seating requirements namely erection of bleachers.
The SVGFF President also revealed that during his stay, the FIFA team will also pay courtesy visits to Finance Minister Camillo Gonsalves and Sports Minister Frederick Stephenson to establish the necessary protocols for the proper implementation of the project.
The SVGFF has already purchased five acres of prime land, located in Cane Grove on the leeward side of the mainland, at a cost of EC$2.4 million.
Along with this land space, the SVGFF’s plans for the stadium project involve the construction of a full-size international football pitch, a futsal facility as well as a technical centre, which will be equipped with facilities to accommodate two teams and their officials.
As such, the new Football Center when completed will complement the Technical Center in Brighton, which currently serves as a training centre, equipped with sleeping quarters for the use of all national teams during preparation for regional tournaments and international.
During his campaign for election as president of the SVGFF in 2019, Dickson in his 10-point manifesto, placed at the top of his list of priorities, the erection of a “Home For Football”.