Jamaica’s National Stadium to Upgrade from 35,000 to 40,000 Capacity

Thursday, March 28, 2024, 10:57 AM GMT-5

After enduring years of anticipation, Jamaica‘s National Stadium in Kingston is set to undergo a transformative upgrade commencing next year, expanding its capacity from 35,000 to 40,000 spectators. This significant renovation aims to rejuvenate the over-six-decade-old venue, addressing the wear and tear it has suffered and modernizing it to host premier global sporting and entertainment events.

The renovation, as previously announced, will cost US$76 million. This move is a response to the stadium’s deteriorating condition and the pressing need for facilities that meet contemporary international standards.

In a report from the Jamaica Observer Sport Minister Olivia Grange expresses confidence in the project’s timeline, with the Ministry of Finance soon releasing funds for initial stages, including architectural planning and marketing strategies, paving the way for groundbreaking in 2025.

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The upgraded stadium will not only cater to sports but also accommodate a variety of events. Features include a semi-covered structure, a new royal box, a velodrome, enhanced seating, rentable boxes, an anti-doping facility, and a state-of-the-art media center.

Additionally, the stadium will host a sports museum and offer spaces for banquets and smaller gatherings. Infrastructure improvements, such as expanded parking and widened roads, will enhance accessibility and traffic flow.

The renovation will be executed in phases, allowing the stadium to remain operational, albeit with reduced capacity during the process. This phased approach is to ensure continuous utilization of the venue while progressively enhancing its facilities.

Major Desmon Brown is optimistic about overseeing the upgrade, emphasizing the importance of experienced leadership in this significant transition. Despite past delays and challenges, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the current government is seemingly committed to fulfilling the promise of a modernized the National Stadium in Kingston, signaling a new era for Jamaican sports and events.

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