Patriots’ owners to invest in Warner Park Cricket Stadium

The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and the owners of the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots franchise are about to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will result in significant investment and upgrades to the facility at Warner Park.

Following a tour of the facilities Friday, accompanied by SKN Patriots chairman Uday Nayak, as well as by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Sports Shawn Richards, Patriots General Manager Richard Berridge told that the intention is to upgrade certain areas of the facility and raise the profile of the venue to create a more active and sustainable facility.

He said, “We understand the value of using the stadium outside of cricket periods, establishing revenue streams for the ground, and having true corporate VIP facilities that would assist in generating revenue for the ground.”

Warner-Park-Upgrade-2Berridge indicated that the discussions between the two entities are progressing. According to the Patriots general manager, “Both the Government and the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots owners are in discussions right now to finalize a Memorandum of Understanding to upgrade the key areas of the stadium and put in place a maintenance plan.”

He disclosed that phase 1 of the works must be completed before the 2016 CPL T-20 series starts in St. Kitts.  According to information provided, the upgrade will include the areas of the entry gates, the western mound, bathroom facilities, the party stand area and a redevelopment of the eastern section that includes the area used for VIP seating and the structure that houses the eastern scoreboard. The corporate suites will also receive significant upgrade, as well as the players pavilion and the media center.

Although all the details are not available at this time, it is understood that some of the physical upgrades and investment will be specifically aimed at year-round revenue generation.

Minister Richards said the proposed MOU will provide significant benefits for the federation. He explained, “Every year the Government spends a substantial sum of money to maintain the facilities here. What is being proposed by the owners of the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots will not only help the Government to save money, but will also become a revenue stream for the Warner Park cricket facility.”

Richards said further that the proposed upgrades will make it one of the best facilities in the Caribbean. He opined, “This is the type of relationship the Government welcomes, a relationship where the Government and private entities can come together in the interest of the national development of St. Kitts and Nevis.”

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