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Mar 2, 2016

…FIFA-certified Football Pitch at Marion Jones in the Pipelines

And there’s more good news. In 2015 just days before elections there was a ceremony to announce that the Mexican government was pumping five million dollars into the facility. That hasn’t exactly happened yet, but there is some movement where the allegedly FIFA-certified football pitch is concerned. National Sports Director Ritchel Dominguez told us today that in a matter of months, that pitch should be ready for international games.

 

Ritchel Dominguez, National Sports Director

“The Mexicans are on board to basically facilitate us with the light for this field, and Mr. Chanona has also come on board to deal with the grass planting and getting it up to standard. You see what happens is that most of the time we say that the fields are not up to standard but I feel that it is maintenance in keeping the field after it has been planted is what we need in Belize. We need to understand that it’s not planting it and it’s done. We need to maintain it to keep these fields in the proper condition that they’re supposed to be. My thing is to get people trained in handling the grass planting on these fields…getting members of staff trained in maintenance of the grass in the fields so that we can keep them for a long time.”

 

Reporter

“I understand that there is also a plan to install a smaller field where persons from the public can come in and play.”

 

Ritchel Dominguez

Ritchell Dominguez

“Yes! What happened is that we’re going to put a smaller field next to the running track so that people coming in the evening who want to play a five a side or just play ball for fun or just to exercise can use that field. We don’t want them on the field that is the professional field, but these people still need to use a field. So we’re going to make that one a bit smaller so that they can use it when they’re here.”

 

Reporter

“Is it possible for you to give me a realistic timeframe? I’m not asking you to tell me two weeks, three weeks, four weeks, but a realistic timeframe of when people can expect that to be done?”

 

Ritchel Dominguez

“We are looking at it and I am trying to get the goalposts built and then after that we are going to start fixing the field. It should be somewhere in the next three to four months.”

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