If you think there’s something sad about watching a football match without fans, try picturing a promising stadium with barely any sporting activity for several years.

Though Dictionary.com defines a stadium as; ‘a sports arena, usually oval or horseshoe-shaped, with tiers of seats for spectators,’ it often means so much more than that. Fans associate memories with stadiums.

Memories as precious and seemingly trivial as sitting next to a stranger, buying peanuts from a friendly vendor, or as unforgettable as getting goosebumps from a big win. Unfortunately, not all stadiums have this privilege.

A full thirteen years after its construction, the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium remains underutilised.  As the name suggests, the multi-purpose stadium was built with the intention of hosting multiple events.  Those events have, however, happened there few and far between.

In 2007, the stadium hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up matches and its opening ceremony. The crowd was immense!

Then, Jamaica played against the Bahamas in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Afterward, the venue welcomed the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival as a tenant for several years— until the festival plummeted in 2015.

Then, earlier this year, the stadium hosted two games for the Regional Four-Day Championship.  The Jamaica Scorpions played the Leeward Islands Hurricanes then played the Guyana Jaguars on February 27 to March 1.

 With the use of the stadium facilities proving to be sporadic in the best of times, its general manager, Major Desmon Brown, believes a lack of infrastructure is to blame.

Brown says the stadium needs proper infrastructure to attract visitors. He suggests improvements to medical facilities, the establishment of a cricket development centre with a gym, refurbished changing rooms, and a cricket practice area to get the stadium up and buzzing.

Good facilities add to the fan experience. If utilised properly, the Trelawny Multi-purpose stadium has the potential to create great sporting memories. Plus, reviews on an unofficial Facebook page rated the venue five out of five.

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Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood narrowly missed out on a hundred but anchored Jamaica Scorpions to 33-run,first-innings lead so far against the Leeward Islands in Trelawny on Friday.

Blackwood hit the top score of 98 and the Scorpions batted consistently down the order to finish the day with a tidy advantage as the Scorpions closed on 260 for 6.

Blackwood shared stands of 52 with Paul Palmer for the third wicket and 58 with Oraine Williams for the fifth wicket to power the Scorpions’ innings.

Several others got starts, but they failed to carry on – Grenadian wicketkeeper/batsman Denis Smith, one of the Scorpions draft imports, was not out on 36; West Indies left-handed opener John Campbell, the Scorpions captain, made 35; Williams got 30 and Palmer added 21.

 West Indies off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall was the pick of the Hurricanes bowlers, taking 3-72 from 28 overs, and pacer Sheno Berridge captured 2-47 from 10 overs.

 Earlier, Hurricanes resumed from their overnight total of 215 for nine and were bowled out inside the first hour.

 Pacer Nicholson Gordon took the last wicket of Berridge for one and finished with 2-54 from 20.4 overs.

The Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium will host the next two home matches for the Jamaica Scorpions in the CWI 4-day PCL (Windies Championship).

Rounds five and six will take regional cricket action to fans in western Jamaica February 13 – 16 and February 27 – March 1 as Jamaica host the Leeward Islands and Guyana Jaguars, respectively.

This will be the first time that the venue is being used to host matches in this competition. Sabina Park is listed as the official home ground of the Scorpions but CWI granted permission to play games there as all the standard requirements were met.

Previously, the venue hosted international cricket and West Indies Fist-Class matches.

This season Sabina Park has not been a space with many happy memories for the Scorpions who eked out a draw against the Windward Islands Volcanoes and lost to the Barbados Pride in rounds two and three respectively.

Captain John Campbell, however, is not focusing on the venue.

“It’s all about the quality of the cricket that we play. The location of the ground is of little significance, there are more important factors to consider,” he said.

“The condition of the pitch and outfield, the existing weather conditions, the available players and their health, their form among other things. We focus on the best way to deliver the game plan designed by the coaching staff.”

Scorpions Head Coach Andre Coley complimented his team’s approach to the game which earned them a victory against five-time champion Guyana Jaguars on their home patch.

“We weren’t daunted by the strength of the opponent or their form in this season. The team dug deep and delivered an inspired performance. At times the game was in the balance and we did what was necessary to swing it in our favour,” he said.

“How we want to play won’t change. We must maintain discipline and focus; we have to do the basics perfectly. We observed carefully what inputs and execution made us win so we’ll be repeating those things. There are areas for improvement; we have to post higher first innings totals and the batsmen have to build solid, long-lasting partnerships.

“The big lesson from the victory in our last game is that we are good enough. The team has talent – technically and tactically. Our application must be consistently good if we are going to  secure winning results.”

After four rounds of play, Jamaica currently sits in fifth place with 36.8 points, just a place above the Leeward Islands who anchor the table on 29.2 points.

Scorpions squad: John Campbell – Captain, Assad Fudadin, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Paul Palmer, Pete Salmon, Denis Smith, Jamie Merchant, Derval Smith, Marquino Mindley, Nicholson Gordon, Patrick Harty and Oraine Williams

LEEWARD ISLANDS HURRICANES: Jahmar Hamilton (captain), Colin Archibald, Sheno Berridge, Rahkeem Cornwall, Nino Henry, Montcin Hodge, Damion Jacobs, Amir Jangoo, Jaison Peters, Kieran Powell, Ross Powell, Devon Thomas, Terance Warde.

 

For the first time in 11 years, regional four-day cricket matches will be played at the Trelawny Stadium in Jamaica.

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