Lights For Albion Sports Complex?
Berbicians may soon have another option to participate in regular night activities if all goes well and if Regional Chairman Region Six, David Armogan gets his way. The Albion Sports Complex on the Corentyne, the venue for the first ever one day international cricket match in the West Indies, which was played on the 16th March, 1977 between West Indies and Pakistan and won by the West Indies by four wickets is being considered for floodlights.
According to the Regional Chairman, after receiving several complaints about a permanent venue in Berbice for night activities and widespread discussions he had with various stake holders and several recommendations, He discussed the matter with President Donald Ramotar and the president has agreed that it is possible to have permanent lights placed at the premier cricket arena in Berbice.
The regional chairman, who is an ardent cricket fan and a former cricketer himself, stated that, “Not only will we be able to have night cricket there, but it will enhance our chances of having any game played there in the night under lights.” According to Armogan, the type of lights to be installed at the venue is similar to those at the National Stadium which is expected to bring back the international flair to the venue. The project is expected to begin soon.
The venue which was one of the premiere cricketing venues in Guyana in tandem with Bourda, has hosted a number of one-day games so far but it’s been more than two decades now that an international game has not been played at the venue and with the recent decision of the West Indies cricket board to ban international cricket matches from Guyana, the return of high class cricket to the venue might be sometime in coming.
The venue holds a 300M athletics track comfortably and can also host a number of different sporting activities one can think about. Boosting a number of stands and pavilions the venue can accommodate over 15,000 spectators.
In the past, the Berbice Cricket Board, in collaboration with the Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development Association (BCCDA) and a number of other private organisations have organized night cricket at the Albion Sports Complex, but because of insufficient lighting, the boundaries had to be brought in significantly.
The Chamber through the instrumentality of its president Imran Saccoor and executives has given the commitment to purchase lights for the outside of the complex.
According to Saccoor, the lights on the outer side will assist persons who want to exercise in the nights.
The venue is also used by the Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce (CCCC) to host their Annual Trade Fair. The CCCC along with Business Deonarine Balram of Balram Shane store of Rose Hall Town has also been contributing to the upkeep of the venue which is owned by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GUYSUCO).