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Nov 24, 2017

New Management Will Make Civic “World-Class” for Entertainment

Patrick Faber

So when will the much anticipated and controversial Civic Center be completed? There were reports it was supposed to have been done in October, but Co-Chair of BIL Patrick Faber told the media on Thursday that it is almost at completion and should be done by December, which was the original date set for completion. But that date is different from the opening date. Faber says that BIL is already looking at management companies and will be meeting to review all bids submitted for the management of the Civic. According to Faber, the local Sports Council is not able to manage the facility because the Government wants to see it become more than just a venue to host small local events; they want to raise it to generate income. Here’s what he had to say about the bidding process for the management of the new civic.

 

Patrick Faber, Co-Chair, BIL

“I feel that they are close to completion, but at any rate, I don’t feel that December will pass without it being handed over. But when in terms of the timeline it is going to be open is another question. In fact we want to be sure that we get the management company on stream. The process of selecting that company is what we are undergoing. We will receive the final bids I think it is Monday, December fourth or fifth and then there will be an evaluation of those bids. I will be present on those evaluation meetings myself so I am going to ensure that we get what is needed for the Belizean people in terms of their involvement and usage despite the fact that there is a management company and we are going to try and be as transparent as possible. The argument of course that some have I have listened – they have said why the sports council itself can’t manage the facility. People must understand that there are a number of factors involved why we need the management company. One is the proper maintenance of the facility is going to be very costly and we must generate income. It can’t be that it is a free for all – everybody come; as you know we are capable of in this country; anybody who doesn’t admit that they are just not being honest. What we want is some entity that will also generate income and the national sports council – with all due respect to everybody there, you know I am the Minister and I would never run down one of my own arms; but we want an entity that can attract the business. These management companies are engage in entertainment all over the world and I remember speaking to one individual who was interested – I am not sure of that company eventually put in its submission – that company promoted the Mayweather fights and they are looking to bring business to Belize and money to Belize. And that is what we need. We are not just going to rely on NEBL games and a concert here and there – that is not going to sustain managing and maintaining a facility like that.”

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