The Grenada National Stadium is the venue for major carnival events despite plans to host the Caribbean Premier League this weekend.
Minister for Economic, Trade, Planning and Cooperatives, Oliver Joseph during Tuesday’s Post-Cabinet Press Briefing said that Cabinet on Monday reached an agreement with the Grenada Cricket Association Board to allow Spice Mas Corporation to host its major Carnival events at the National Stadium.
Minister Joseph said that all measures would be taken to ensure the field is protected to host the games later this month.
He gave the assurance that whatever structure is erected for the hosting of these events would be swiftly removed immediately after its use to ensure that the CPL Games go ahead as planned.
Grenada will host the opening round of the 2014 Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) from today (Friday July 11)
The National Cricket Stadium, which hosted several West Indies Cricket matches since its construction since 2002 including the 2007 World Cup games seats some 16, 200 patrons.
The National Athletic Stadium has been the venue for Carnival events in recent years however this year the stadium is under construction.
Spice Mas Corporation announced plans earlier this month to transform the Roy St John’s Playing Field into a Carnival Metropolis for the staging of major Carnival activities after Grenada was accepted as one of the venue for staging CPL Games.
However logistical difficulties and the cost to upgrade the Roy St John’s Playing Field to an acceptable level to host these events forced the SMC to seek an alternative venue.
The SMC’s first Carnival event for this year to be held at the National Stadium will be the Children’s Carnival Frolic carded for August 02.
The theme for Spicemas 2014 is “Spicemas, the Mecca of Calypso and Soca.”