Hela Wigmen to have a stadium by next year


REIGNING Digicel Cup champions Hela Wigmen are set to have their own home ground in Hela by January 2022, just in time for the next season, club chief executive Patrick Wundai says.
Wundai said the stadium which will cost about K10 million to build will have all standard amenities expected of a national sporting venue. Construction will be undertaken by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation.
Wundai said the facility would be similar to the National Football Stadium (NFS) in Port Moresby and would be located right in Tari.
“It (will cost) about K10 million and it’s a partnership between the Hela provincial government and Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL) also as part of commitment to Kroton Hela Wigmen rugby league club.
“We should expect the building materials based on specific designs to arrive by July before the contractor starts laying the foundation.
“We expect the home ground construction programme to be completed in time for the Wigmen’s first home game in the 2022 season.”
Wundai said with the facility to be built in Tari, it would be a central location for their supporters to watch their home games.
“We’ve been told by others that we don’t belong in Port Moresby and to go back in Tari and play so this will be our last year in Port Moresby, by next year we’ll have our own base,” he said.
“It will be a state-of-the-art facility just like a mini NFS with gym facilities inside and seating for supporters.”
Wundai said a name for the venue had not been decided yet.
“This is a good opportunity for a naming rights sponsor to come in.”

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