Brian Lara Stadium
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|Establishment||2008, completed in 2017|
|Owner||Government of Trinidad and Tobago|
|Operator||Government of Trinidad and Tobago|
|Tenants||Trinidad and Tobago national cricket team|
|As of 21 February 2009
Source: Brian Lara Stadium, Cricinfo
The Brian Lara Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago that was recently completed. It will be used mostly for cricket matches having initially been envisioned and conceptualized to host warm-up matches during the 2007 Cricket World Cup. However when it became apparent that the facility would not be completed in time for the tournament the warm-up matches were instead hosted at the Frank Worrell Field at UWI St Augustine.
Built to hold 15,000 people in a mix of seating and grass banks it is named for Brian Lara, who until 17 October 2008 was the all-time leading run scorer in Test cricket, when he was surpassed by Sachin Tendulkar.
Development of the Stadium
The Brian Lara Stadium is one of the most controversial stadia built in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago under the state company UDeCOTT. The initial cost (2006) (this is when construction started) of the stadium was $257 million TT dollars however, with the cost overruns and the increase in prices of materials, this amount has increased significantly. The Chairman of UDECOTT, as of June 2008 placed the approximate completion date at July 2008, some 2 years after the initial estimated handover. The stadium was completed in March 2017.
The Brian Lara Stadium is part of a large complex situated on 180 acres (0.73 km2) of farm lands in Tarouba, Trinidad with a cost of $1.1 billion TT dollars. It was designed by Hellmuth, Obalat & Kassabum, a US architectural firm. The Brian Lara stadium and cricket academy was proposed to consist of:
- An aquatic centre. This project was eventually moved and completed at Couva. This project is not included in the $1.1 billion dollars spent.
- Olympic-sized cycling velodrome (Moved to Couva)This project is not included in the $1.1 billion dollars spent.
- Indoor gymnasium.
- School for training of athletes.
- A large car park, new roads and other infrastructural works.
This stadium will serve as a training facility for cricket players. It will feature four indoor cricket training pitches with computerised biometric technology to measure an athlete’s performance, including two full-length run-up pitches for fast-bowlers. Patrons at the stadium will have an unhindered view from every area of the facility, including the concessionaires area. It also has areas specifically designed for the print, radio and television media, respectively. The facility may also see the construction of a hotel in the future. It has been estimated to cost an additional 190 million dollars to complete.
- Kissoon, Carolyn (4 August 2015). "Rowley: Brian Lara Stadium should have been completed". Trinidad Express Newspapers. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
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