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#518920 - 11/12/16 12:07 PM MCC Grounds a mess
Marty Offline
he historic MCC Grounds, scene of many memorable and epic football battles, is pretty much a disaster area nowadays, except for the developed north-eastern portion of the grounds, taken over for a car park to serve the customers of Princess Hotel & Casino across the street. None of the pavilions – the Guinness, Brodies or San Cas pavilions, and none of the bleachers along the western sideline, all destroyed by Hurricane Greta back in 1978, have been replaced. Except for not holding water because of its elevation, the field is in a terrible state, the surface making it difficult for our more highly skilled players to exhibit their true brilliance because of the many uneven areas and bumpy surface that often makes the ball jump instead of roll for an easy kill or right-away shot or pass. Sometimes, it can be embarrassing for a player when his shot goes wild, and he is not completely to blame.

For months now, the only place of refuge in inclement weather, especially for the daring ladies that are still loyal fans of the game, has been the Belikin tent that houses the bar, but also provides some shelter from the sun and the rain, when it decides to come down.

It was a rainy weekend. All was well at the BDF vs Verdes game on Saturday night. The Belikin tent was there, and in full use. But, with the next big game approaching on Sunday afternoon, featuring playoff contenders FC Belize and Placencia Assassins, and skies overcast and threatening to rain in the evening, someone had the bright idea, around 11:00 a.m., to remove the Belikin tent from the MCC. And the Sports Council caretakers raised no alarm. They just let them go, even while the FC Belize management was making arrangements to have their bar stocked with Belikin products for the game later in the evening.

Well, there was a little mini home style tent that the FC Belize management hurriedly set up to house their make-shift bar and provide a little shelter for the ladies serving.

And then the rains came, while the game played. Nowhere for fans to run for shelter. The big berry trees are gone; no pavilions; and no Belikin tent. Some patrons jumped in their cars and left the stadium. There were a few umbrellas. Some toughed it out and took a licking.

Why are they doing this to us? All we have left is football. Was it just bad timing on the part of Belikin to remove their tent; or was there an ulterior motive by someone with bad intentions for our football? Someone owes football fans an apology.

Amandala

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#519392 - 11/30/16 06:50 AM Re: MCC Grounds a mess [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

MCC neglect

Loyal football fans still visit the MCC Grounds for Inter-Office football games during the week, CYDP Peace Cup games on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and Premier League of Belize (PLB) games on Sunday afternoons. The National Sports Council is supposed to have some employees responsible for the upkeep of the field and environs, but sometimes you have to wonder. Do the Commissioners in charge of football games for the PLB ever make complaints in their reports about the state of the field, the team benches and the entrance gates?

As it is, the playing field is bad enough. But is there any excuse for the mud and water that collects and settles around the edges whenever it rains? All it takes is an employee with a shovel about an hour to clear the drain around the edge of the cement fence that encloses the field, so that the water can flow into the drain outside at Calle Al Mar.

It seems like nobody cares. Rather than walk through the entrance gate on the western sideline, and splash through the thick, black mud and water, players, fans and officials alike prefer to hop the three-foot cement fence where a portion of the chain link has long broken down. On the team benches, players often have to sit on top of the cement bench, rather than have their feet set in a puddle of water.

In the long-gone days of McMahon, Terence Jones and “Jacko”, the official grounds keeper took great pride in caring for the MCC field and accommodations for players and fans alike.

Who is the groundskeeper at the MCC? Or is there still such a position?

Amandala


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