The MCC Grounds is the primary sporting and activity venue for Belizeans in the wake of the still-incomplete Marion Jones Sporting Complex. But for the past few months it too has been under renovation, with improvements to the football field and general amenities. We got an update from Director of the National Sports Council Patrick Henry.
Patrick Henry – Director, National Sports Council
“We are saying that by December it should be ready. If you notice the grass is growing, but it takes a process. We must say that the rain came a long at the correct time, and as a result it is growing at a faster pace.
While the grass is growing we are working on the towers. There will be four towers, and each tower will be 47.5 feet high. Those towers will replace the existing lampposts, and on each tower there will be 15 lights, 3 sets of five, so at the end there will be a total of 60 lights. Currently we have about 20 lights here at the MCC grounds on these posts, so the brightness of the lights will be by far greater than what we currently have.”
The towers are being assembled in Spanish Lookout, and the piles they will stand on are being built by Maheia’s United Concrete Supplies, and will be brought to Belize City once they are finished. They will also clean up the hanging electric wires around the field. Patrick Henry says that with a little more work and patience, the end result will be an improvement over the original.
” Just bear patience with us. We are working to the best our ability, but we have to work along with the contractors and those that are doing the actual work. By the time the field is ready you will have something reasonably good to play on.”
“By far better than what we have. I say reasonable good because while they are playing there will be other works that will be taking place over the time so as the time, so as to make sure that the field, the environment, is actually suitable and conducive for football.
We will be changing the fence. We will be putting in another two bleachers , but that would be going along while they would be able to use the field. Now of course we want to renovate again the inside of the building, so that the teams could have a home and away kind of dugout/changing room situation.”
The field plays host to Belize City teams in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) and occasionally to national team matches, as well as other sporting and public events.