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Montego Bay Sports Complex Nominated for the Jamaica Institution of Engineers’ Project of the Year

The Urban Development Corporation’s (UDC) was recently recognized for its engineering achievement in completing the Montego Bay Sports Complex, St James on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel by the Jamaica Institution of Engineers during its Annual Awards Banquet.  The facility was among two other contenders including the Falmouth Cruise Ship Terminal built by the Port Authority of Jamaica and Wigton Windfarm, controlled by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica who were vying for the prestigious Project of the Year Award. As part of the proceedings, all nominees were presented with a plaque with Wigton Windfarm Farm emerging as the winner.
The Montego Bay Sports Complex, located at Catherine Hall in St. James, was officially opened in 2010, following the upgrading of the facility by Venezuelan contractors Presport Joint Ventures, on behalf of the UDC. The completed works formed phase three of the project and resulted in the construction of grandstand and bleacher seats to accommodate approximately 7,000 spectators. The facility also benefited from the construction of bathrooms, changing rooms, administrative offices, concession areas, storerooms, parking areas, ticket booths and an entrance feature with the requisite access for the physically challenged and the construction of perimeter fencing. The project was financed by a loan from the Bank of Economic and Social Development of Venezuela (BANDES) and the Government of Jamaica.

The Corporation first began work on the Montego Bay Sports Complex during December 2000. Work on phase 1 and 2 of the complex  resulted  in  site preparation, drainage works, preparation of an inner football field, laying of a 400 metre, 8 lane all weather mondo track and inner fencing.

The  Montego  Bay  Sports  Complex  is  part  of  the  UDC’s  development  plan  for  the  provision  of  sporting facilities for the people of Montego Bay and western Jamaica. Since  completion,  the  complex  has  hosted  the  CARIFTA  Games,  the  CONCACAF  under  17  Football Tournament,  and  has  become  home  for  several  calendar  track  and  field  and  football  events  in  Western Jamaica.

The UDC has been involved with Montego Bay since the 1970’s when the Montego Bay Waterfront and Catherine Hall in St.  James were designated UDC areas.