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.
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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.”
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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.