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.The Guardian