Guyana is soon set to benefit from a US$215 million first of its kind International Soccer Stadium and Sporting Complex in Ituni Region 10.
In an interview with Guyana Daily News, Christopher Bassoo, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bassoo Global and lead Project Consultant for the stadium.
The Alex Bunbury Sport and Academic Association (ABSAA) has been a dream project of Alex Bunbury, a Guyana born Canadian hall of famer, according to Bassoo.
“The stadium is fully funded by a Canadian investment firm, the state of the art stadium is a big win for Guyana and it is rumored that famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to grace us with his presence at our grand opening,” says Mr. Bassoo.
According to Bassoo, construction is expected to commence in September and the opening is slated for late 2019 or early 2020.
The stadium will be constructed in Ituni since it will attract a number of soccer fans from Guyana’s South American neighbors. Bassoo also told this news entity that the contracts have already been signed and the team of engineers, constructing firms and a team of architects from Florida are set to begin work on the state of the art sporting complex.
“The project is moving from its planning stage towards a projected construction start in September, the efforts of project leader Alex Bunbury has seen a rapid move from conceptualization and planning, to the securing of a lease for the hundred acre facility,” Bassoo stated.
According to Bassoo the ABSAA has engaged his company as the lead consultant of the construction of the mega sporting complex.
The program is also expected to create large scale employment for Guyanese with the main objective to showcase the talents of young people. Meanwhile the construction of a US$33 million three phase baseball home is likely to be set up in Guyana as long as cabinet approves a three phase facility to be the home of baseball locally, according to officials.
Guyana Daily News understands that Major League Baseball officials are expected in Guyana within the next week to examine the area for construction of the facility.
Mr. Bassoo is expected to serve as the Chief Operations Officer for the project and also has the responsibility to manage cost and ensure timely delivering of various aspects of the project for the Guyana Baseball League (GBL).
The primary area of the facility will be a baseball field, however there will be other support facilities such as gyms, pools and an indoor multipurpose sport facility to be built, it is expected to serve as more than just a home for baseball.
The GBL is also expected to begin talks shortly with the Guyana Olympic Association members for consideration of amenities for other sporting disciplines such as basketball, badminton and tennis courts.