Both Sport and Culture at Hasely Crawford Stadium until the end of Carnival 2023
On January 4th, 2023, the Ministry of Sport and Community Development, the Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Urban Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago met once again to further develop plans for hosting both sports activities and cultural events at the sporting facilities under the Ministry’s remit. Athletes, National Governing Bodies, and members of the cultural fraternity continue to be accommodated at the Hasely Crawford Stadium and Jean Pierre Complex until the end of Carnival 2023.
Construction works are carded to take place at many sporting facilities across the nation. Works are in progress at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, the procurement process is well on the way for the Ato Boldon Stadium, the scope of works is being confirmed for the Mannie Ramjohn and Larry Gomes Stadia, and Skinner Park is scheduled to be completed and delivered before the end of January. During this quarter of the fiscal year, the Hasely Crawford Stadium will be given priority since the Athletics component of the Commonwealth Youth Games 2023 will be held at the Hasely Crawford Stadium later this year.
Trinidad and Tobago will host the Commonwealth Youth Games 2023 between August 4th and August 11th, 2023, with three sporting disciplines being hosted in Trinidad and four sporting disciplines being hosted in Tobago. Athletics, Swimming, and Cycling are scheduled to take place in Trinidad, while Rugby, Netball, Beach Volleyball, and the Triathlon event are scheduled to take place in Tobago.
With refurbishment works scheduled to begin at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, the MSCD, SporTT, and UdecoTT continue to meet with stakeholders to finalise plans for hosting both sports and cultural activities until construction works intensify at the end of February. Health, safety, and security remain the utmost priority in order to protect all users of the facilities. Stakeholders must agree to comply with all health and safety requirements and protocols, which may result in increased costs and logistical challenges for some organisers.
A meeting will be held with sports and cultural stakeholders on January 17th, 2023, to further finalise plans and discuss health, safety, and security protocols for the utilisation of the sporting facilities where both sporting activities and cultural events are facilitated and accommodated until the end of Carnival 2023. Thereafter, no activities and events would be accommodated at the Hasely Crawford Stadium to facilitate construction works that must be completed in time for hosting the Commonwealth Youth Games 2023.
The Ministry of Sport and Community Development is committed to supporting sports and cultural activities and remains dedicated to the development of these disciplines in the pursuit of national growth.