Stadium East will be ready for Gibson McCook Relays – Brown
General Manager of Independence Park Limited (IPL), Major Desmon Brown, says refurbishing work on the Stadium East track is set to be completed in time for this month's Gibson McCook Relays.
The championship will be held on February 23 at the National Stadium, and the adjacent track at Stadium East is used by athletes competing at the event for warm-ups.
The repair work, which began last month, will see old track being replaced by a new Regupol running surface.
Brown toldSTAR Sports that he is very pleased with the progress of the work and is confident that the work would be completed in time for Jamaica's biggest relay carnival.
"We are on target to finish before Gibson Relays if we don't get any rain," said Brown.
"The re-laying has started over two weeks now and things have been progressing well and so once there is no rain, we are going to meet our deadline for Gibson Relays," Brown said.
Meanwhile, the contractor on the project, Peter Breuer, director of export at BSW, Germany, said in an interview last month that the company is creating history in Jamaica, by using newly developed durable material at the request of Sports Minister Olivia Grange. The material will also be used for other locations in Jamaica.
Regupol running tracks, which are manufactured in accordance with the IAAF's quality standards, are suitable for international professional sports, as well as for school and popular sports.
The refurbishing work, which began on January 7, is costing the Government $71.5 million.
Meanwhile, Brown also disclosed that the refurbishing of the national basketball courts, which is also located at Independence Park, is set for completion soon.