New Warner Park lights launched with fireworks and soca music

Residents could hear the loud boom a mile away, as fireworks lit the Basseterre skies, followed by a colourful display of cultural groups such as the Bull, Clowns, Masquerades, Mocko Jumbies and the sweet sounds of soca music, led by the reigning Groovy Soca Monarch of St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr. Hype, who delivered an electrifying and pulsating performance.

The 4 million dollar project was financed by the country’s Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation, (SIDF), and includes the installation of four twin pole lighting structures around the ground that provides 3,700 lux of lights, a 44×22 jumbotron with four additional 8×6 screens, the installation of 800 watt generator and 1,000 kilowatt transformer, said the Minister of Sport, Glen Phillip, who spoke at the special ceremony held at the stadium Thursday night, 6th March, 2014.

Phillip was showered with high praise by his colleague and Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Asim Martin, who also pointed out that Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas also wished to extend commendation for what they categorized as an outstanding job to make the project a reality.

Phillip told the invited guests which included the country’s Governor General, Sir Edmund Lawrence, other Ministers of Government, President of the Leeward Islands Cricket Association, Director of the West Indies Cricket Board, and local cricket officials and cricketers, that the Warner Park Lighting Project is a manifestation of years of progressive planning by his Ministry.

He added that it was also part of the overall preparation for years of strategic advancement in the area of sport development that he feels could deliver many benefits in sports tourism.

He promised that this was just the beginning of more great things to come in sports, and an exciting era that has spinoffs too for the socio-economic destiny of the country.

lights-and-folkloreThe inaugural match under the lights began on Friday afternoon, running until after 10:00pm, as Leeward Islands and Jamaica meet in their regional four day encounter, which sees the visitors leading the tournament so far on 16 points and the hosts close behind on 15.

The day/night match is being viewed as history-making and is scheduled to end on Monday.



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