As Grenada moves to create history and host the first-ever international track and field meet at the National Stadium, the local organising committee is finalising plans for accommodating thousands of spectators expected for Saturday’s event at the National stadium at Queen’s Park.
Chairman of the LOC, Dexter Mitchell told reporters that arrangements have been made with the Bruce Street Mall for all day parking for vehicles for $8.
“We have been able to secure a partnership with the Bruce Street Mall (for) persons coming to the Grenada Invitational who might not be able to park close (to) the stadium can park their vehicles at the Bruce Street Mall for a cost of $8 per day”, he said.
‘There will be designated Grenada Invitational buses that will leave the Bruce Street Mall directly to the stadium – the cost of those buses will be $2.50 per trip,” he added.
According to Mitchell, tickets will be distributed to passengers in an effort to get them back on the bus to their vehicles parked at the Bruce Street Mall.
The parking at the Bruce Street Mall, he said will become necessary as there will be no parking available in and around the stadium.
“There is no parking allowed on the main west course road…from Green Bridge to the bottom of Cherry Hill. There will be no parking allowed around the ring road of the Grenada National Stadium. The main parking facility will be for VIP’s and VVIP’s…so that persons would have to find accommodations just outside of the facility,” Mitchell explained.
The LOC Chairman outlined some of the prohibitions that should be adhered to on Saturday in keeping with international standards.
“Coolers, plastic bottles … those are not allowed at international events specifically for two reasons – one, security concerns. We can’t allow persons into the venue with plastic bottles to use as weapons when they are filled or glass bottles obviously.
“When you purchase drinks and beverages at the invitational, it will be served in plastic cups and two, because we have advertisers and we have commitment to advertisers. So, we wouldn’t have Glenelg who made a major contribution and have a competing brand being showcased, or some kind of ambush marketing taking place.
“The bringing in of food and beverages is prohibited – we have put a lot of efforts in ensuring that there is enough food and beverage at the venue.
The gates for the event will open at 12 noon on Saturday and the games will officially begin at 2.00 p.m. with over 100 local athletes mainly from secondary schools and different sporting clubs on showcase.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the international athletes will take to the track at around 8.00 p.m.
Some of the international athletes include Americans Justin Gatlin, David Oliver, Lashawn Merritt and Ashley Spencer, along with Jamaicans Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell-Brown, Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis, Phylicia George of Canada and Grenada’s track star, 400 metre runner Kirani James, and Michelle-Lee Ayee of Trinidad.