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Mar 6, 2014

When will the Marion Jones Sporting Complex finally open?

The Marion Jones Sporting Complex is one project that is likely to be revisited in Friday’s budget. The complex is far from completion and according to the Minister of State with responsibility for Sports, Herman Longsworth, the delays have been caused by funding. Today, Longsworth cited the rains as another reason why the state of the art complex is not yet ready. The stadium has been closed since 2008 and today we still could not get a clear indication as to when the sporting facility will finally be open.


Herman Longsworth, Minister of State with Responsibility for Sports

“You know the rains really put a beating on us. We are poised now as you can see, the bleachers are almost finished. Most of the finishes are pretty much there in terms of what we had contracted the contractor to do. I have said to them that everybody goes home if cycling does not finish in here for cross country, if cross country does not finish in here and I believe we are pretty much there to get that done.”



Herman Longsworth

“And how about the other aesthetics around the place…the track, that sort of thing?”


Herman Longsworth

“Well all that is to be done out of funds that we do not have. I am trying to locate funds. I am to meet the fourteenth I believe with the Mexicans again…they are coming to Belize again with all their architects etc. because they have agreed to contribute to the project. But you know with these government projects it takes time…it takes time for the Mexicans to get the money from their government and that sort of thing. But I am hoping that by the middle of this year we will see the Mexicans in. We will see some activity around the track and we will see other things happening outside of what the government already has the money for.”



“And the FIFA certified football field?”


Herman Longsworth

“The field is hopefully to be completed. I got a commitment from Mr. Cisco Woods, Francis Woods, and that is the reason I gave permission for the use of the field, because he will bring his team in after this event and they will go back over the field for us, and in a couple months time we should see the field looking like a field. We’re having some issues as you can see…you have some dry grass and that sort of thing. We’re having some issues with the grass growing, but we’re doing our best and he has committed to bringing in his technical people to get it done for us, so I am absolutely happy with that.”

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3 Responses for “When will the Marion Jones Sporting Complex finally open?”

  1. Ali BaBarrow protects his 40 says:

    When? Five years ago. Keep he lie alive.

    ALI Akbar!

  2. Lord LOL says:

    LOL I guess since it is in Belize, the project will be on Belizean timing, which about 3 times longer than normal people time.

  3. r-dale says:

    Bob Marley wrote “Who the Cap Fit”. Well Herman the cap don’t fit. Again come on man buy a bigger hat or buy a smaller head. You look like you are wearing a cowboy yamaka

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