TTCB supports calls for completion of Lara Stadium
A COMMITTEE of diehard cricket supporters have again made a public appeal for the completion of the troubled Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba.
The Union Park Committee, which is a lobby group headed by David Mowlah Baks, is calling on Government to stem the wastage of taxpayers’ funds by officially handing over the facility to cricket
The stadium has so far cost in excess of $1 billion.
Originally scheduled to be opened in time to host matches in the 2007 ICC World Cup which was staged in the Caribbean, the Brian Lara Stadium was budgeted to cost approximately $750 million.
However, the planned state-of-the-art training centre and international class venue named after the West Indies batting icon has been mired in controversy, with no date yet set for its opening.
This plea from the Union Park Committee comes on the heels of recent statements made by Dr Roodilal Moonilal, Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives that a further $185 million would be required to have the stadium ready.
A release last week by the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board has said it fully endorses the latest call by the Union Park Committee to have the stadium completed and strongly feels that the name of one of T&T’s and the West Indies’ greatest cricketing heroes is being tarnished by the continuing controversy clouding the project.
The T&TCB believes that if funds have been allocated to finish the work at this site, it may be logical to assume that all the legal and engineering issues have been considered or resolved.