A Field of Dreams, Deferred
And the first match that the Jaguars will play for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers will be a home game against the Cayman Island National Team. They will play that match at the FFB Stadium. Now, you may remember well the controversy which arose when the FFB promised last year that the football Pitch would be ready for the 2014 Champions League.
It was a big fail for the Administration because in the very last days coming up to the match, Belize, which would have been represented by the Belmopan Bandits was yanked from the competition because the field wasn't ready.
Well, the FFB has had months to make sure that the pitch is up to international standards. So, we asked about it today, and the President said that it has passed inspection with flying colors:
Ruperto Vicente - President, FFB
"Our field was inspected on the 26th and 27th of January of this year. And so, our field, our stadium and facility has passed the test and so we are ready to play football. I don't even have to speak on this today, you are here and so you will be able to take a look at the pitch. It's a beautiful pitch. It's an international pitch. Yes, we've spent a quite amount of money on it, to get it where it is now and I want to also applaud Mr. Anthony Chanona for all the work that he has put into this field. No field in the world is completely level. I was in Mexico on Tuesday, as the match commissioner for the champion's league game. They had a game on Tuesday night. That pitch is so wavy and so no field you get on is completely leveled and our field will never be completely leveled. What is required, is that the field completely covered with grass and green. That is the requirement and today we have a field that is more level that any other field in Central America."
That match against Cayman Islands National Team takes place on Wednesday, March 25 at 8 p.m. There are 3000 seats at the FFB stadium, and each is going for $50.