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Jan 8, 2014

Sports Council says MCC Grounds to stay open until ongoing games are completed

On Tuesday night, we reported that the MCC Grounds had closed for much needed repairs and that the football community was up in arms because the Premier League of Belize was heading into playoffs. According to PLB President Maito Perdomo, the National Sports Council had unilaterally closed the football facility. Well today, the Sports Council issued a release saying that it is not closing the facilities until the ongoing competitions are completed.  The Council says that at a meeting in July of last year, a discussion was held on the much needed upgrades. At that meeting, it was recommended and agreed to by all parties that the MCC will be closed at the end of the PLB opening season in December of 2013. Minister of State with Responsibility for Sports, Herman Longsworth, says that the works have been delayed and that he was taken aback by the comments made by Perdomo.


Via Phone: Herman Longsworth, Minister of State with Responsibility for Sports

Herman Longsworth

“We had some funds that we wanted to use to upgrade the MCC facility. We have it budgeted in this financial year. We wanted to do the works starting in August, so we organized a meeting in July with the PLB and the F.F.B. to inform them of what it was that we wanted to do. They asked us if we could postpone the works until after this current competition that is being played. It was scheduled to be completed in December. We agreed that we wouldn’t do anything that will hurt your competition. The PLB, Mister Perdomo in particular agreed that he would negotiate with the teams playing in Belize so that they could find another place to play for the subsequent competition that was supposed to be played in February, starting in February. We agreed on that, he assumed the responsibility to do that and as far as I am concerned, we have kept our end of the bargain. These are the same people who complain and complain about the condition of the field yo know. These are the same people who always are at us to get the field fixed. We’ve located some funds and we are trying to do it.”


The upgrade include: the raising of the level of the field, repairs to the bathrooms as well as improving the road conditions around the perimeter of the field. These works, according to Longworth, would take approximately four months to complete. 

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