By Stanford Conway

The Observer

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the St. Kitts and Nevis Local Organising Committee (LOC) Horatio Versailles said the ultra-modern Warner Park Cricket Complex was well advanced in many areas of construction and would be completed before its scheduled date.

Versailles made this pronouncement during a conducted tour of the construction site by participants of the recently concluded Stakeholders Roadshow hosted at the Marriott Beach Resort by the ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 Incorporated office in Jamaica, in collaboration with the LOC.

“In the pavilion, the roof is now being put on and the internal partitioning has been completed. Work on the media centre is also moving along smoothly with 90 percent of the walls done and 80 percent of internal partitioning completed,” Versailles said.

He also noted that the ticketing office and the scoreboard were also under construction and the ground was already levelled.

Versailles added that the Federation’s cricketing community was very excited about the new ground and looked forward to it being among the most breath-taking cricketing arenas in the world.

He noted that Warner Park’s legacy capacity was 8,200 seated and unseated, while the Cricket World Cup overlay would boost that number beyond 10,000 with temporary seating.

“Our ground offers one of the most picturesque views in the Caribbean and in the world. It is being mentioned with grounds like Newlands in cape Town, South Africa, which boasts the famous Table Mountain in the background.

“Here we have great views at either ends. To the south, we have the mountain ranges while to the north fans can see our sister island Nevis,” added Versailles.

Project Manager Steve Brinkhurst of Carillion Construction, West Indies Limited, disclosed that works in preparation of the pitch and field were substantially completed and would be ready for the planting of grass within the next few weeks.

Like Versailles, Brinkhurst is confident that construction of the cricket venue will be completed on time.

“Our completion date is March 31, 2006 and we are on schedule to meet that. However, after that, enormous additional work will have to be done to make it World Cup-ready but that’s not part of our mandate.

“We are the construction managers hired by Terra Forma Development Limited. They are the main developers, who have the contract with the St. Kitts and Nevis Government to build the stadium,” Brinkhurst said.

The ultra-modern Warner Park Stadium will be home to world champions Australia, South Africa, Scotland and Holland in the Group Stage First Round matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.