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#501006 - 02/12/15 02:03 PM Belmopan FFB pitch certified by FIFA  
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Belize was unable to be represented in the CONCACAF Champions League Tournament in August of last year as the field had ‘brown spots.’ At the time 1.8 million dollars had been spent on bringing the pitch and the facilities up to FIFA standards. Even with that amount of money spent, the field was not certified by FIFA and Belize lost out on the opportunity to be showcased on the international arena.

Six months after that fiasco, the Football Federation of Belize sought the professional assistance of a Costa Rican expert and with the infusion of 75 thousand dollars more into the field, the grass is now, litterally, looking a lot greener.

According to FFB president, along with the advice of the Costa Rican, the services of Anthony Chanona has been secured, and he has been contracted to keep the grass growing and green. Vicente says that while the field already had sprinklers built in it, they have had to put others above ground to ensure that the grass is healthy. He says that most of the work is being carried out by the in-house caretakers of the field and they have been doing a great job. He concluded that FIFA visited Belize on January 26 and the field has been certified.

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#501591 - 02/27/15 06:18 AM Re: Belmopan FFB pitch certified by FIFA [Re: Marty]  
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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.

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