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Mar 12, 2013

Marion Jones Sporting Complex upgrade to be completed by end of 2013?

The Marion Jones Sporting Complex has been closed for construction since 2008, and apart from the erection of a fence around the grounds, not much seems to have been done on what was slated to be a first class athletic facility…at least from the outside. Today News Five spoke to Minister of Sports Herman Longsworth and asked for an update on the project.

 

Herman Longsworth – Minister of Sports

Herman Longsworth

“Marion Jones is proceeding; there were some administrative glitches that we’ve ironed out, sorted out and works have been continuing at the stadium as we speak. What we intend to have at the Marion Jones Facility—currently what I know we will have—is beach volleyball, the facility is already there; full athletics, the track is already in place. We need to do a bit more work around the track, but the track is there. We will have football and cycling. I am hoping, I am still hoping that I can find the money—it wasn’t a part of the contract, it wasn’t a part of the monies allocated to the project—but I am trying to put a building there that would provide for basketball and volleyball. So I am hoping that we can get that. I also want, if I can find the funds and I am really looking to that, to put racquetball out there. There is a move to racquetball right now and a lot of support coming. So I am hoping that we can get it there and get our people to get involved. In terms of the construction, what is being constructed under this phase of the works, under this contract that is being worked on right now, is the grandstand facilities: the bleachers, the seating facility, the consignment areas, the shops, proper entrance—the public area. There has to be another phase to finish up all the offices and all the VIP booths and that sort of thing. But this phase is essentially to complete the public areas so we can actually start to use that facility.”

 

According to Longsworth, the project is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. From the outside looking in, that seems a little optimistic, at least if the finished work will resemble the world class comprehensive sporting facility that Belizeans are expecting.

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3 Responses for “Marion Jones Sporting Complex upgrade to be completed by end of 2013?”

  1. ARROGANCE says:

    This guy just does not get it, he is unapologetic about having no sports facilities for the past FIVE YEARS, he himself benefitted from the ONE MILLION DOLLAR fence. I think a channel 5 report on the entire medal count at the CENTRAL AMERICAN GAMES going on presently in Costa Rica would put our postion in perspective..It will show the pathetic position we are in sports, and the lack of training facilities is one of the main causes, and he the Minister is now responsible for that.

  2. Seletar says:

    @Arrogance has a good point, ministers should not contract with themselves for any public works project. Not saying he is crooked — may be he is, maybe he isn’t — but it sure looks bad. Public work should always be put out for competitive public bidding, and everything related to public property, including every penny collected and every penny spent, should be done in the full sunlight of public view.

    i imagine the Egyptians built their pyramids faster than we fix up Marion Jones Field. Lots of money, but never finish under either party.

  3. ANEWVOICE says:

    Shouldn’t the issue be that there is a stadium named after a drug user? I’m just asking.

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