Hasely Crawford Stadium renovation to cost $80M

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Hasely Crawford Stadium renovation to cost $80M

$80 million!
That’s the amount the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago has been allocated for the renovation of the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

UDeCOTT is the project manager of the project.
Chairman Noel Garcia said work is likely to proceed between March to May and as such, the stadium is still open to event until then.

Money was allocated for the renovation, in light of T&T’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games this year.

Sport Minister Shamfa Cudjoe announced in November last year that the Commonwealth Games, due in August, would be held at the Ato Bolton Stadium and the Dwight Yorke Stadium.
Following her revelation, the Prime Minister took issue with not having any aspect of the Commonwealth Games in the Stadium in Mucurapo.

Garcia said: “What was pointed out to him by the Minister of Sport was that (in order to host the Commonwealth Games there) money needed to be allocated for the upgrade of the Stadium. The Cabinet approved the money to upgrade it and asked UDeCOTT to project manage it. UDeCOTT went out to tender, we have selected a contractor and that contractor would mobilise from January 16. We expect that between January and the end of February we would have very little disruption because what the contractor would be doing in the first instance is repairing the (seating) tiers (which are used to position rows of spectators at progressively higher levels).

“They have to re-seal all the tiers to prevent water from getting down into the changing rooms and other places. We have to do extensive re-sealing because without that water would go down into the changing rooms and cause damage. We have to redo the plumbing, we also have to gut all of the VIP booths, we have to change the chairs, we have to do over the electrics, we have to do some retro-fitting of the steel. Some of the work could be done without disrupting the main purpose of the Stadium, which is to hold athletics and sporting events.”

Garcia said: “Between now and early March activities would be permitted at the Stadium within the context of a safe environment. We will sit with whoever is using it to ensure that all of the health and safety measures are in place and that we don’t put either the athletes or the general public or any other user in danger. But somewhere between March and May, we would have to close the Stadium to any activity because the construction activity may pose a danger for people using a stadium that is an active construction site.”

He said refurbishment work is expected to be completed at the end of May.

He said the commissioning and testing is expected to be done in June and that UDeCOTT would be in a position to hand over the refurbished Stadium to the organising committee sometime in June so that they could put things in place to host the Commonwealth Games in August.

In terms of Carnival events, Garcia, in an interview with the Express, said: “The only event that was carded for inside the Stadium is a Machel Montano event which is carded for February 17 (Carnival Friday) and that is going ahead. All the other events would be using the car park and there is no reason not to have them because they would not disrupt the work being done.”