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Mar 13, 2014

Will the Marion Jones Sporting Complex be ready for Cross Country?

Since its groundbreaking in August 2009, the Marion Jones Sporting Complex has been slow to become a reality.  In fact, construction began on enclosing the perimeter before work could commence on the building of bleachers and other features of the multimillion dollar facility.  It’s been over four and a half years and the stadium is slowly inching towards completion.  But, there is a bit of good news coming out of the Ministry of Sports.  This afternoon, Minister of State Herman Longsworth met with Mexican officials to discuss the expansion of the project.  They have agreed to provide FIFA-certified lighting for a football field on the compound, as well as the construction of an indoor sporting facility.  While the addition will further delay the deadline of the project, Longsworth says that the stadium will be partially opened to the public by Easter, in time to host the conclusion of the upcoming Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic. 


Herman Longsworth

Herman Longsworth, Minister of State with Responsibility for Sports

“The Mexicans had come to Belize and they had agreed that they were going to be a part of the Marion Jones Project.  They had some money [but] they weren’t fully cognizant of what all they could have done.  They came to see what it is we have planned and now they have come back with plans of their own to show us what they can give us.  They’re going to give us an indoor facility, a building that will be primarily for volleyball but is going to be able to house things like basketball and all indoor stuff: table tennis, boxing, karate, that sort of thing.  So they’ve agreed to give us that and they have agreed to provide the lighting, the FIFA standard lighting for the football field at Marion Jones.  So that was the discussion today.  They came, they presented to us a plan, a proposal for what they want to come and do.  I agreed, I agreed immediately to it and so they are now going back to start to develop the process to make it happen, you know.”


Isani Cayetano

“In terms of a completion date and of course the installation of these specific lightings and all these other amenities, what are we looking at?”


Herman Longsworth

“Well in terms of what we are committed to doing, I believe we should see a completion of about sometime late 2015, sometime late 2015.  In terms of what we are doing now, we, I am confident that we will have the facility ready for Cross Country, in terms of the public portion of it.  We hope that we, we still don’t have the money to do all the work that is there to do but I’m hoping that we will find some more monies and we will be able, if we get those monies anytime soon we should, within another eight or ten months, be able to have the majority of what we had originally planned completed.  But certainly we should be able by Easter to be able to have the Cross Country finishing there and have it opened to the public, you know.”

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5 Responses for “Will the Marion Jones Sporting Complex be ready for Cross Country?”

  1. Timber says:

    Who is he fooling? They are going to force a race to be completed at this stadium without proper planning, safety measures in place for the public and protecting the infrastructure that’s already there. I hope you don’t plan on stating this as one of your achievements when you reach and try to aspire for higher political office. Has anyone noticed the condition of the fence lately?

  2. Stuart says:

    His time is nearly up-Phillobhy will take over and then he can go back beggin Dean to award him contracts he cant finsih with his pseudo construction company-poor him, poor Belize and poor decision by Dean in the past to have him run and give him any contract.

  3. Ali BaBarrow protects his 40 says:

    The stadium was done years ago. Photoshop in the race.

    Great choice on name, expat Belizean who had her medals taken away for doping.
    Maybe Lance Armstrong can make a donation to get the photoshop done.

    Better calling it the athletic memorial, for all athletes, cyclists and scuba divers killed.

  4. Been There Done That says:

    Only in Belize is a stadium named after a sports cheater, felon, doper, who was stripped of her medals and a person who wants nothing to do with Belize.

    A hero in Belize, just like the Belizean politicians.

    HA HA

  5. TOM JONES says:


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