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'A new era dawns' for Fiji sports with opening of stadium

Emoni Narawa
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A VENUE where dreams will be fulfilled, hopes dashed, triumphs and disappointments will be seen was officially opened last night by the Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

The $20millon ANZ Stadium grand opening was witnessed by invited guests who were present in Laucala.

In his speech, Bainimarama highlighted a new era had dawned for sporting bodies in Fiji. He said the new stadium would be a home for stars and heroes.

"We will see the best of Fiji's sports people competing against the region and the world's best," Bainimarama said before he unveiled the stadium commemorative plaque.

He recognised the sporting heroes who did the country proud of the old stadium, running barefoot.

FSC chairman Peter Mazey thanked all the contributors who assisted in the completion of the stadium.

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces band entertained the crowd at the event while former athletics reps ran the tracks, representatives from the Fiji Bati rugby league team, former rugby union reps and former soccer reps had few minutes to display their skills at the new ground.

The new stadium had hosted the Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics final last month, the Marist 7s rugby tournament, National Football League matches and today it will host the Centennial Match between the Flying Fijians and the Classic All Blacks.


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