Ato Boldon Stadium

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Ato Boldon Stadium
TnT Ato Boldon Stadium.jpg
Location Couva, Trinidad and Tobago
Coordinates 10°25′29″N 61°25′02″W / 10.424717°N 61.417185°W / 10.424717; -61.417185Coordinates: 10°25′29″N 61°25′02″W / 10.424717°N 61.417185°W / 10.424717; -61.417185
Owner Government of Trinidad and Tobago
Operator Ministry of Sports
Capacity 10,000[1]
Surface Grass
Opened 2001
Tenants
Central F.C.
Club Sando F.C.
Trinidad and Tobago Football Association

The Ato Boldon Stadium is an athletics and football stadium located in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago. It is currently the home ground of Central and Club Sando.[2][3]

History[edit]

The stadium was constructed for the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship which was hosted by Trinidad and Tobago, and was named for eight-time Olympic and World Championship medal winner and 1997 200m World Champion, sprinter Ato Boldon. It hosted four of the six Group C matches.

It was also used for the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, in which it hosted one match from Group A, one from Group B, four of the Group C matches, one of the quarter-finals and both semi-finals.

The stadium played host to a World Cup qualifier on October 10, 2017, in which Trinidad and Tobago defeated the United States and prevented them from qualifying for the World Cup.[4] Prior to the match, the United States complained of inadequate conditions after the track separating the pitch from the stands was flooded, forcing players to be carried across.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ato Boldon Stadium Stadium Database
  2. ^ Club Sando Soccerway
  3. ^ Central FC Soccerway
  4. ^ "United States miss out on World Cup after Trinidad loss". Reuters. 10 October 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  5. ^ Nicholas, Stephon (9 October 2017). "Team USA meets 'river' at Ato Boldon Stadium". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  6. ^ Baxter, Kevin (9 October 2017). "U.S. World Cup hopes will sink or swim in water-logged Trinidad". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 January 2018.