Construction has begun in earnest at the Barbados Football Association’s Wildey Turf started two of the three projects scheduled for this year.
The work which began yesterday will see a retainer wall and a boundary wall on the Eastern side of the Turf, which will separate the existing area of play and the new grass field where senior teams will practice and some youth competitions will be held.
Work is also ongoing to extend the administrative building, which when completed will showcase a conference room, additional offices, and referees' changing room.
President Randy Harris said the FA had to ensure they met global requirements so they could encourage teams to come to Barbados and utilize the facilities.
The next project scheduled will be the Phase 2 completion of the $8M grandstand on the Western end of the Turf, which will host a capacity of 3 000 people. The grandstand will also include concession areas, four media rooms, a medical examination, and drug testing room, four-team changing rooms, and a room for ball boys.
The stadium as it stands has a seating capacity of 1645.
Construction is expected to last two to three months in the first instance and is being funded through the FIFA 2.0 Program.