Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A Group of Diplomats Visited the Sabina Park Stadium, the Opening Match Venue of the World Cup Cricket 2007

The opening match of the upcoming world cup cricket 2007 will be held at Sabina Park stadium of Jamaica. So, the stadium has got some extra importance than the other venues. Recently a team of diplomats visited the stadium in order to see the preparations of the stadium ahead of the world cup tournament. The first match of the cricket world cup 2007 will be held between the host West Indies and Pakistan in this venue. The stadium has gone through a refurbishing program. Jamaica Observer reported:

The tour was led by Chris Smith, venue development manager, with assistance from Denzil Wilks, venue manager for Sabina Park; Pauline Nelson, communications manager, Elena Girvan, manager for travel, accommodation and hospitality for Jamaica Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the ICC Cricket World Cup.

The diplomats were exposed to the new North Stand which hosts state-of-the-art players' facilities; broadcasters and press boxes, 70 corporate suites, including the presidential suite; as well as the newly refurbished George Headley Stand.

Sabina Park is one of two venues in Jamaica that will host events of the ICC Cricket World Cup between March and April. The event begins in Jamaica on March 5 with the first of four warm-up Matches and the Opening Ceremony on March 11 at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium. This will be followed on Tuesday, March 13 with the first match of the tournament between West Indies and Pakistan at Sabina Park.

Five other matches will be played at this site after which the tournament leaves Jamaica, but returns on April 24th for a semi-final.

Such visits are needed to accelerate the construction work of the stadium. It is needed to have a good opening ceremony here and a good opening match. A proverb goes that Morning Shows the Day. So, the success of the first match is most important to have a successful world cup cricket.