According to the Event Coordinator for the Local Organizing Committee, LOC, of the St. Kitts Cricket Association, Mr. Val Henry, today’s meeting was designed to ensure that matters related to the financing of the event, were carefully examined and resolved, to facilitate a smooth and efficient delivery of the three One Day International games, that will take place at Warner Park, on Wednesday 11th, Saturday 14th and Monday 16th June.
The Event Coordinator explained that when it comes to hosting an event of this nature, it is important for the organizers to take a surgical approach to their planning and processes of implementation, because the games must be delivered at the highest standards, not just for St. Kitts and Nevis, but also internationally.
Attending the meeting were senior executives of the Interim Management of the St. Kitts Cricket Association, including Chairman Auckland Hector, Vice Chairman Stanley Franks, Secretary Renold Benjamin and other management officials.
The West Indies Cricket Board was represented by Director-Mrs. Jennifer Nero; the Event Manager, Mrs. Cindy McClean; Financial Controller, Mr. Barry Thomas; and President of the Leeward Islands Cricket Association and Director of the West Indies Cricket Board, Mr. Gregory Shillingford.
The government team was led by Minister of Sport, Mr. Glenn Phillip and also included the Director of Sport, Mr. Dave Connor and Sports Officer, Vernon Springer.
During the five hour meeting, the delegates also focused on the overall readiness of the Warner Park Stadium, with a view to ensuring that all equipment and facilities are in place to help deliver a first class event. They also gave some attention to the marketing and promotions of the games, which will be launched this week locally.
The ticketing Program for the series was also discussed and important details highlighted. It was again pointed out that ticket sales for the event will commence from Monday 2nd July, at the Ticket Centre, East Park Range. Ticket prices are EC$10.00 for the grounds and EC$30 for the seated areas of the Southern Stands. A special offer is being made to school children and senior citizens who will be allowed to attend the games free of charge. While seniors are required to show proof of age, children under 16 are required to have an adult secure their passes; but they are only granted when one is purchasing an adult ticket. Schools are also allowed to have their children enter free, but they must be accompanied by a teacher or school official, such as a coach.
Very shortly the final site inspection of Warner Park will be undertaken as the last measure to ensure that when the teams and officials along with the international media, arrive in St. Kitts on Sunday 8th July, all systems would be in a state of completion and readiness.