Barbados National Stadium

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Barbados National Stadium
Location Waterford, St. Michael, Barbados
Coordinates 13°07′12″N 59°36′18″W / 13.120°N 59.605°W / 13.120; -59.605Coordinates: 13°07′12″N 59°36′18″W / 13.120°N 59.605°W / 13.120; -59.605
Owner Government of Barbados
Operator National Sports Council (1 Feb 1978–Present)
National Stadium Corporation (5 May 1966–31 Jan 1978)
Capacity 15,000
Surface Track and field
Construction
Built 1968-1970
Opened 1970
Tenants
Notre Dame SC

Barbados National Stadium was officially opened on October 23, 1970.[1] It is a multi-use outdoor stadium in Waterford, St. Michael, Barbados. Situated approximately 4.3 km northeast of Bridgetown it is located off Highway 3. The stadium is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 15,000.

In 2006, FIFA condemned the national football stadium of Barbados though the country was hoping to demolish and rebuild the ground before its 2010 World Cup qualification campaign begins.[2] In 2011 the Barbadian government estimated the cost to re-engineer the stadiums' running track at 2 million dollars.[3] No date has been determined when the funding could be sourced or the works could be carried out. But Barbados' past World Championships in Athletics gold-medalist Ryan Brathwaite has publicly condemned the current state of the National Stadiums' track infrastructure. In 2010 the stadium started hosting the Joseph Payne Memorial Classic, a competitive event among Barbadian secondary school students.[4]

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  1. ^ "Sports". Government of Barbados. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Barbados: Government Still Looking At Redevelopment Of National Stadium" (Press release). Caribbean PressReleases.com. 1 Oct 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Marville, Justin (28 January 2011). "$2m hurdle". Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "500 entries for Classic meet". Nation News. 28 Jan 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 

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