Tema Sports Stadium soon to attain international status

The Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) has cut the sod for the reconstruction of the Tema Sports Stadium to enable it attain international status.

Mr Kempes Ofosuware, Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive at the ceremony noted that the stadium which currently has no seats would be reconstructed to a 20,000 seating capacity stadium.

He added that the Tema Sports Stadium which was constructed in 1960s as a recreational centre, was currently being used for other purposes including hosting teams for the premier league.

He indicated that as part of his plans to raise the status of the stadium to befit that of the harbour city, the Assembly went into partnership with the Trans Atlantic Business Development Resource (Trans Atlantic BDR), a United States of America company to reconstruct the stadium.

The MCE was however unable to give the duration and the cost of the project.

Mr Hugh Aryee, Director of Trans Atlantic BDR, Ghana, announced that after the reconstruction, the Tema Sports Stadium would have open roof panels to allow much light and ventilation, high quality grass-pitch, and a floodlight system.

Mr Aryee added that a score board, loud speaker, Olympic size swimming pool, children’s playground as well as conference and lecture hall would also be provided.

Other facilities also includes wash rooms for the public, media commentating room, VIP stand, standby generator and modern ticket booths.

He said apart from the main project of reconstructing the stadium, his team which comprised of engineers, architects, consultants, and financiers would also construct a flagship hotel with restaurant and shops in the Tema Metropolis to commensurate the status of the new stadium.

Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, on his part commended the TMA and the Trans Atlantic BDR for the initiative.

Mr Ofosu Ampofo said to enable the District Assemblies fulfill their mandates of providing social amenities to their communities, the Public Private Partnership law was passed to facilitate the sourcing of funds for such projects.

He urged local companies to also take advantage of such partnership to help district assemblies to construct such important facilities in the area they operate in.

Source: GNA

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