|Grand opening fornational stadium|
NG Sports Reporter
Published: Feb 25, 2012
A cadre of volunteers has been selected by Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard to ensure that there is a smooth transition and sitting process for the grand opening of the newly built Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
Now that an open invitation was extended to all Bahamians, by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, to attend the grand celebrations planned for today, Maynard said expert advice has been sought and persons have been specially trained for the event. These volunteers will know how to move people and control crowds. He also noted that a certain color will be given to those persons entering the stadium, indicating which section they will be seated in.
As far as the traffic flow, Maynard said: “As promised by the contractors, all of the road ways appear to be open for access to and from the stadium. That includes, of course, corridor nine that connects into New Providence Highway; Yellow Elder Way, which connects into Tonique Williams-Darling highway and corridor eight that connects into Thompson Blvd via Moss Road and Baillou Hill Road, next to National Insurance. And there is a new corridor, the eight/nine connector that will carry from corridor eight to the roundabout and into the stadium.
“All of the parking lots are not finished, but we have a significant amount of parking just south of the stadium; those can be accessed through the eight/nine connector. We expect people to also take advantage of parking in and around the Baillou Hill Sporting Complex, where we will have bus transportation to ferry people back and forth from those areas. We expect people to take advantage of parking at the College of The Bahamas, both at the main campus and at the tourism training center. Bus transportation will be available there as well. The Clarence A. Bain building as well as the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and Ministry of Education building will also have parking available and bus ferrying back and forth. And along Thompson Blvd.”
The national stadium is a gift to The Bahamas from the People’s Republic of China. The state-of-the-art facility seats 15,000. Some $600,000 has been spent on the celebrations.
Persons attending the festivities are asked to arrive early. The gates open at 3 p.m. Everyone is asked to be seated by 6 p.m. Food courts are available around the stadium.