Our World Cup Legacy

In the case of Grenada therefore a survey discovered that the usage of the former facility (pre-hurricane Ivan) saw the stadium being used mostly for entertainment purposes with the very sport for which it was constructed levelled with religious groupings significantly well behind.
In other words, entertainment occupied the stadium for some 70% of its total usage while the sport of cricket and religious activities were level at 15% usage.
The situation in respect of the Arnos Vale Playing Field is no different. The National Sports Council (NSC) has been hard-pressed to meet the costs associated with its maintenance. One is doubtful that the NSC has ever been able to meet these costs in full in any given year, even with income from the occasional One Day International Cricket match.
This may well have been the reason why the Arnos Vale stadium has been in such a state of disrepair, for the most part. Had anyone been privy to the structures at Arnos Vale when the refurbishing work was being undertaken one would readily have understood the very low level of maintenance that the facility enjoyed over the years.
We have been particularly poor in the area of maintenance of our sports facilities generally. This seems something of a historical fact in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The best kept sports facilities here have always been those that were privately owned and managed.
In many instances the NSC is bereft of anyone in its immediate employ who has the expertise in preventive maintenance. Thereby hangs a tale. What has happened is that it is left to the appointed Board to determine the needs of the organisation’s facilities in this particular aspect. Madness!
Sports facilities are expensive ventures and must be treated as such.
Unlike those who suggest that governments have little choice but to expend resources on culture never perhaps expecting it to pay for itself, sport can and often does make significant contributions to the national economy in a variety of ways.