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Stadium on track

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, December 14, 2012

THE slow supply of cement is expected to affect the completion of the under renovation ANZ Stadium (formerly known as the National Stadium) in Suva.

Fiji Sports Council chairman Peter Mazey said more than 50 per cent of work was completed and their March 31 completion deadline was on track.

But he indicated some factors like slow supply of cement might delay the completion of the project on time.

"We are on track for a March 31 completion however if the problems with supply of cement are not overcome we will be behind schedule especially for the light towers and the embankment seating which is all concrete," Mazey said.

The $15million project which started this year after the Fiji secondary schools athletics finals in April, has incurred an extra $2.5m because of unexpected logistic costs.

Mazey said they had successfully planted the imported grass and laid the foundation of the running track.

He said the new roof trusses was in place and the majority of the new structure at the rear of the stadium had been completed.

"The main ground is complete, the drainage and irrigation working well, and the special imported grass growing as expected," Mazey said. "The first part of the running track has been laid and when this has fully cured the special rubberised surface will be laid in January.

"The lights are all here, the towers are currently on board ships from China and the base foundations ready for cement.

Once completed, the ANZ Stadium will be of international standard with the ability to host international fixtures.





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