Construction work forces city stadium to stay closed


NATIONAL Capital District Governor Powes Parkop says all sporting activities at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium have been suspended because of construction work.
“We suspended all activities since work resumed at the end of last year,” he said.
Parkop said they had not been collecting revenue for the past four years through sporting and other social activities there. Work on the stadium is expected to be completed this year.
“By mid-year all the stands will be installed followed by the partitions,” he said.
Parkop said the redevelopment of the stadium, which is costing around K40 million, restarted last year. It had to be suspended because of funding issues.
“The foundation for the grandstand has been laid. Curtain Brothers are fabricating and assembling the stand and other related work at Motukea. They will start installing soon.”
Parkop said NCDC would appoint someone to manage to manage the stadium.
“It will raise revenue but heavily subsidised by NCDC to enable communities and stakeholders in the city to use it as much as possible,” he said. “Our goal is to generate enough revenue to sustain the stadium.
“We will be looking at other revenue sources apart from fees for use of the facility.
“We have the outside oval which we will develop after this (and) develop some parts for community purpose to generate revenue to sustain and maintain the stadium.”