New track for Jamaica's Stadium East

By June 12, 2018
Jamaica's Stadium East facility to get new running track Jamaica's Stadium East facility to get new running track

The Stadium East facility in Kingston is to get a brand new track, Jamaica’s Minister of Sports Olivia Grange announced on Tuesday at the launch of the 2018 JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Junior and Senior Championships.

“We have got approval for a new running track to be installed at Stadium East. I am happy to say we have got sign-off (from the Standing Finance Committee), it’s at PIMSEC (Public Investment Management Secretariat)  and in another week or two we will get the approval of Cabinet and the funds will be released from the Ministry of Finance,” Minister Grange said to applause from the audience.

The replacement of the track has been long in coming.

The Stadium East track was laid in 2002 when Jamaica hosted the IAAF World Junior Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston. It was to be used as a warm-up facility for the athletes competing at the championships but now doubles as a training ground for some of Jamaica’s elite athletes. It is also used as a warm-up facility for athletes competing at international meets at the National Stadium and for the annual ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships.

Heavily worn after nine years of constant use, the track was refurbished in 2011, but only partially. Not much was done to the base. It was simply re-covered but experts had advised the authorities that the covering would not last as long.

SportsMax.TV has been informed that experts from BSW, manufacturers of Regupol running surfaces, were recently on the island inspecting that facility and the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Montego Bay.

The minister did not disclose how much money was being allocated to the project.

 

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