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Re: State Of The Art Stadium To Be Built In San Pedro [Re: Marty] #519358
11/29/16 12:38 AM
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San Pedro Enjoys New Ambergris Stadium at Soft Opening Games

The Government of Belize, through the Belize Infrastructure Limited, held a soft launch of the Ambergris Stadium this past weekend with two soccer matches played at the newly constructed sports facility. The stadium is still a few weeks from final completion but the island of Ambergris Caye was treated to more than a sneak preview of the Ambergris Stadium facilities. Those in attendance of the friendly matches enjoyed the actual first time use of the new synthetic turf field and its complimenting lighting system.

The sporting event was being held to o commemorate San Pedro’s annual Township Day, but those ceremonies were postponed due to bad weather. Fans enjoyed friendly games between SP Veterans and Mexico’s Auditoria FC and SP Football Club and USA’s Real Cuauhtemoc FC.

While much of the civil works remain to be completed, as well as additional items on the building facility, the lighting and turf are ready; work continues on the stadium to have it complete.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in The Ambergris Today

Ambergris Stadium opens up with inaugural football games

The highly-anticipated inauguration of the Ambergris Stadium was scheduled for Saturday, November 26th, but due to the inclement weather, was postponed until further notice. However, to celebrate San Pedro’s 32nd Township Anniversary, the planned football games were still on, and saw hundreds of islanders and visitors pack the new state-of the art stadium. The new sporting facility is upgraded with not only synthetic turf, stage lighting, and bleachers, but also with has concession stands, lockers and bathroom facilities. Before the official games began, the crowd enjoyed a friendly match from two local Under-13 teams.

After intermission, the highlight of the night was the San Pedro Football Club playing against Real Chutemoc F.C. from Austin, Texas, USA. A short ceremony took place on the field, with both National Anthems from Belize and United States playing in the background. As soon as the referee blew his whistle to start the game, San Pedro FC dominated the field. This hometown victory certainly had fans cheering loudly, thrilled with San Pedro’s footballers. As San Pedro FC team celebrated their victory, Councilor of Sports, Youth and Development Hector Alamilla, expressed told the crowd that this was one of his proudest moments. Although the stadium is not fully finished, Belize Infrastructure Limited stated in a press release that they will continue to work on the site, and will host the opening ceremony once the project is officially completed. Congratulations to all the teams who participated, especially to San Pedro FC for their great victory!

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun

Re: State Of The Art Stadium To Be Built In San Pedro [Re: Marty] #522870
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After construction delays, Ambergris Stadium’s official inauguration draws nearer
After four months of delays, the state-of-the-art Ambergris Stadium is finally approaching its official inauguration. Initially, a soft-opening ceremony was scheduled in November 2016, in honor of San Pedro’s 32nd Township Anniversary, but the ceremony was postponed due to inclement weather. As a result, the $2.3 million project, coordinated by Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) in collaboration with the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), and executed by AM Construction Company from the Orange Walk District, was delayed. However, the stadium is in its final stage of completion, and is now undergoing finishing touches for the official inauguration. General Manager Christy Mastry has confirmed to The San Pedro Sun that the stadium should be completed by the end of April. “We plan to be done no later than the end of the month [April 2017]. Then, BIL will be coordinating inauguration plans with Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the Area Representative of Belize Rural South, Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. We will also discuss the handing over of the management once the project is delivered,” said Mastry. As the stadium is expected to transform sports professionalism on the island, some of its highlights include: a synthetic turf, stage lighting, bleachers, concession stands, lockers and bathroom facilities. According to Mastry, the exterior components of the project has been completed. However, some civil work is currently being done to insert interior cabinetry for the locker rooms and install final electrical work on the second floor, which will be for the VIP area/media booth, and the sidewalk and parking lot area is being casted. Mastry explained what caused the delay of the project. “We had a couple of issues with the contractors slowing down and not having as much staff out there. So BIL got involved, along with myself, and we made sure that we put the project on hold until we had the proper crew that were qualified to do what we wanted back on site. However, nothing has changed in the design. We just had a few delays that pushed us back. We’re moving forward, and expect it to be fully completed soon,” said Mastry. However, BIL did not explain if the additional crew requirement falls within the indicated budget, or if it resulted in additional construction costs.

Re: State Of The Art Stadium To Be Built In San Pedro [Re: Marty] #522892
04/08/17 05:50 PM
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I have lived here only 13 years so don't know everyplace by site. I just scrolled through all 6 pages of this thread and can find nothing about location - not a map - not a 'near' - not an area. Maybe we can name this "the secret stadium."

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Re: State Of The Art Stadium To Be Built In San Pedro [Re: Marty] #522895
04/08/17 09:37 PM
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Not that secret. Parking was packed for the first games and the stadium was full. Even back in the day for a good game on a Sunday afternoon the place was packed.

Re: State Of The Art Stadium To Be Built In San Pedro [Re: Marty] #522901
04/09/17 07:13 AM
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The stadium has always been a 'location' in itself. As in 'Where do you live? - 'Just by the stadium'.
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Re: State Of The Art Stadium To Be Built In San Pedro [Re: Marty] #522903
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its right by the subway station...,-87.9812139,17z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x8f5c9b05b6e9afef:0x4f85de62a422839!2sAmbergris+Stadium!8m2!3d17.9047317!4d-87.9790252!3m4!1s0x8f5c9b05b6e9afef:0x4f85de62a422839!8m2!3d17.9047317!4d-87.9790252

Re: State Of The Art Stadium To Be Built In San Pedro [Re: Marty] #522905
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Subway station, boy I have been away too long !!!

Re: State Of The Art Stadium To Be Built In San Pedro [Re: Marty] #523673
05/22/17 05:44 AM
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Ambergris Stadium is officially inaugurated!

Mayor Daniel Guerrero scores the first goal as part of the activities of the inauguration of Ambergris Stadium.

Ambergris Stadium is officially inaugurated

After its September 2015 project launch, the prestigious Ambergris Stadium was officially inaugurated on Sunday, May 21st. Coordinated by Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL), along with the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), and executed by AM Construction Company from the Orange Walk District, the $4.4 million state-of-the-art multi-purpose sporting arena was designed to transform sports professionalism on the island. Over 500 people were in attendance to enjoy great entertainment and football action.

After entertainment from The Saints, the most anticipated game of the night took place. San Pedro’s semi-pro team, the San Pedro Pirates, made their debut, facing the Police United F.C. from Belmopan, Belize. The crowd was ecstatic, shouting and waving flags to cheer on the SP Pirates. Both teams put on an impressive show of talent, tying the game 2-2.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see LOTS more photos in the San Pedro Sun

New Ambergris Stadium Officially Inaugurated To Promote Sports In San Pedro

The long-awaited inauguration of the San Pedro Ambergris Stadium on Ambergris Caye took place on Sunday, May 21, 2017, with much fanfare . Residents gathered to witness the cutting of the ribbon of this new project and wasted no time in making use of it. Pastor Clive Welch opened the ceremony with a short prayer.

Mayor Daniel Guerrero expressed his sincere gratitude to those who have encouraged, promoted and participated in the sport of football: “From the San Pedro Football Field to Sacachispas and now the Hon. Louis Sylvester Sports Complex. It was from that old field that local football celebrities were born. They are local celebrities that now adorn our local hall of fame such as: Dimas, Spanish, Pancho Verde, Pelé, Steve, Chapo, Jaime, Panny Arceo, Chapin and more. Local football teams were: Los Atleticos, Espanoles, Los Diablos, Caribena, La Mafia, Ramon’s, Veterans, Mario Boys, Dolphins, my team Fido Rangers and much more.”

Click here to read the rest of the article in the Ambergris Today

4 Million dollar football field for San Pedro

Residents of San Pedro proudly gathered at the San Pedro Ambergris stadium along with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Hon. Patrick Faber; Area Representative, Hon. Manuel Heredia and the Mayor of San Pedro, His worship Daniel Guerrero to officially declare the state of the art facility opened.

Speaking at the event, Mayor Guerrero noted that 33 years ago residents of the island would not have imagined that the municipality would have developed by leaps and bounds as it is now. He said that the new facility is a testament of progress being ushered by the United Democratic Party Government. “The biggest asset of the island is the people,” he said, and added that it is through the effort of and hard work of those that came before that the new facility is made possible. He also took time to thank the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow for the investment in the island.

And the investment is a significant one, according to Belize Infrastructure Limited’s Christy Mastry, a total of 4.4 million dollars was invested in the 4 and a half acre space of land. She said that half of this was actually mangrove swamp and it took some doing for the facility to be constructed. Mastry noted that for the synthetic field to have been installed, proper drainage was necessary. She said that at the beginning the highest point on the pitch was only 10 inches above the lagoon water level. That had to be raised to between 32 and 36 inches in order for the turf to be installed.

Aside from the synthetic turf, the stadium has a seating capacity of between 1200 and 1500 persons. It has VIP rooms, a media booth, locker rooms, bathroom facilities and concession areas. It also features lighting that conform to international standards.

Addressing the gathering, Area Representative, Hon. Manuel Heredia stated that 4.4 million dollar investment highlights the government’s commitment to people and especially the youth. He added that the Mayor has done a fantastic job and because of this the people of San Pedro will return him and his team to office to do better things for the island.

Minister of Sports, Hon. Patrick Faber explained that the football field is a dream come true for the people of San Pedro as much as it is a dream come true for Hon. Heredia. He noted that the state of the art facility is one of many that are being constructed across the country. He cited the Civic Center in Belize city which will be completed by December of this year and the Marion Jones Complex which is also nearing completion. The San Pedro field he said comes from proceeds of Petro Caribe and is testament that there is actual investment that took place as the facilities are on the ground. He ended by saying that the facility should be used for development of young people for local, national and international level competition.

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Re: State Of The Art Stadium To Be Built In San Pedro [Re: Marty] #523679
05/22/17 09:39 AM
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Great great Stadium. Huge well done to all involved. Spoke with some of the Veterans who played before the Pirates and they said the synthetic pitch was a perfect to play on with no burns or bad bounce problems at all. The best GOB money i have seen spent in my time here that should leave a long and lasting legacy for generations of kids and adults here on the Caye.

As for the San Pedro Pirates who will call this home Well we have a great Management Team behind the scenes and we also look like we have a great new young team on the field. The Pirates held their own against the sub champions this past season in a 2-2 draw. A very entertaining, skillful, flowing football match yet we have very little experience and lots of young island talent against several National Team members in the Police United ranks (we played Police not Belmopan Bandits), so the future looks bright.

I look forward to Sunday afternoons in the bleachers with a beer cheering them on. Wont quite be the same without Cliff Arthurs there walking up and down cheering "We beat em once we can beat em again" and lauding "Cholo's coldest beers in Town".

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