Over $400,000 being spent on Windsor Park stadium ahead of T20I matches

Sports Minister, Roselyn Paul, has announced that over $400,000 is being spent on the Windsor Park Sports Stadium for international cricket as Dominica prepares for the upcoming T20I – West Indies v Bangladesh.

The T20I games will be held in Dominica on July 2nd and 3rd 2022.

The games are being organized by Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) in collaboration with the Dominica Cricket Association (DCA).

“Not only are we concentrating on the programs, but also the structures, and there are several facilities that we see being built around the island and even now over $400,000 is currently being spent on the stadium as we prepare for international cricket,” Paul said

According to her, the intention is to create stronger sporting bodies such as clubs and sports committees.

Furthermore, she mentioned that the formalization of the National Sports Council is in progress.

“We have draft documents, guidelines and scheduled consultations for early July,” Paul stated.

She said also that the government has put in place a task force and assigned a coordinator who has already started operation and will create the platform of full formalization of the sports council.

Meantime, according to a release from the DDA, entry protocols to the stadium have been lifted to allow both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals to enter; however, health and safety protocols must be adhered to, including mask-wearing and sanitization upon entry to the stadium and stands.

Ticket prices for the games are outlined below and include a 50% discount for those 65 years and over, and children 12 and under.

STAND PRICE (Eastern Caribbean Dollars) 65 years & Over and 12 & Under

Shillingford:$70, $35

Clem John and John Laurent: $40, $20

East: $40, $20

Grounds: $15, $8

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  1. JAH KAL
    June 30, 2022

    I would Recommend every large portrait’s of our players who represent West Indies, Posted at the Windsor Park Stadium, so that people could see our star’s especially foreign teams. Every sporting country in the world advertise their super star’s at their main sporting stadium except Dominica. What a dammm shame.

  2. JAH KAL
    June 30, 2022

    DNO i wrote a comment on the topic that was written about Honoring Thomas Kentish . where the writer did not mention the Grayson and Irvin Shillingford Stand and it was not posted. As a former Dominica Youth , Dominica senior and Windward player who know the sport inside out i was taken aback. Every country honor their great players especially those that represent the West Indies i use a word to honor these players and who ever took offence. In Antigua , Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia and other parts of the world you travel you see something Portraying their hero’s in Dominica we haven’t got northing. The word i use was SIR. in our eye’s who played the great sport they call cricket they are our SIR’S . In the other part’s of the Caribbean they a like king’s but in Dominica they are all forgotten . We have one of the greatest player who ever played the game in Dominica and is still not recognize.

    ADMIN: Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. Your comment was already posted (and we don’t mean in response to this follow-up comment).

    Grayson and Irvin Shillingford have been recognized in the article. The article can be viewed here: https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/sports-honoree-thomas-kentish-encourages-contribution-to-country-as-important-motivator-for-sportsmen/

  3. June 30, 2022

    So, if last Kaka rats West-Indies & Bangladesh was not coming to play this practice match, you sport Simisteer would not have given this written commentary? And you wanted to commentate like Ozzie Lewis. I hope you give the pitch report on Saturday. Just be aware that the Saturday game is cricket, and not netball.

  4. Stop It
    June 29, 2022

    This is so disturbing and continues to reflect the bad management of Dominica and the stadium and other entities by extension. Every time there is cricket in Dominica between 200K and 500K dollars have to be spent and you have a manager in the facility.
    What is wrong with Dominicans this is the only country in the caribbean that seems to be happening.
    Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit and your so called Minister please do Dominica a favor and give it up or the next election please stop importing people to keep you there. My Pardner you have NO VISION, NO MANAGEMENT SKILLS, NO QUALIFICATIONS AND YOU ARE A VERY BAD LEADER. YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS IS EXTREMELY POOR AND DOMINICA IS A REFLECTION OF YOU.
    Please what ever you are doing to impose yourself on the Dominican people stop it.
    My Pardner you take enough, what ever you afraid to lose political power for its the inevitable, so face it early so you can still have an opportunity at enjoying or relaxing in your twilight days

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  5. Florida Diaspora
    June 29, 2022

    I am glad that the west indies coming to Dominica. It will expose to the foreigners that might visit here a first hand experience the filth, Garbage, and homeless dogs that resides in Roseau. Before the elections Melissa Skeritt, aka ms. Gucci Mel promised us a modern city and all she has done is turn the Bayfront into a circus for herself and her gang of clowns.

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      June 30, 2022

      You, are behind the times?

      Don’t you know that Test Cricket has been played in Dominica in recent years; therefore the game to be played by the T20 will not give the island anymore exposure than it already got from cricket.

      However the country is known for corruption, lies and backwardness!

      Another thing, because you might be a Dominican residing in Florida, you cannot be a Florida Diaspora, there is no such thing!

      The term diaspora implies; the dispersion, or migration of any people from their original homeland.

      So, every single person who immigrated out of Dominica to another country qualifies as living in the diaspora.
      Note: West Indies v Pakistan played in Roseau: 3rd Test, May 10 – 14 2017
      West Indies v Australia at Roseau , 1st Test June 3-5 2015
      West Indies v Zimbabwe, 2nd Test, March 20- 22 2013

      • Wesley Neighbourhood
        July 1, 2022

        Thanks for explaining the term diaspora to all of us, Dr. Makak. What would we do without you and your endless knowledge. Now get out of here you Shyster. You are an insufferable ….. Mash Rex!

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      June 30, 2022

      Although I kind of laying a small amount of critic; I commend you for having the courage to describe Melisa precisely the way she appears, and present herself.

      She has a very bad reputation, ignorant; and vile, she has the appearance of a pros…..!
      She and Roosevelt deserve each other; prime minister, and wife of prime minister does not mean a clean mind and reputation.
      Money means nothing especially when it is obtained from illegal means and source!

      No one in the history of this world have ever become rich on a government paid salary unless they steal from the treasury.
      Now you discover promises are simply a fools pleasure; next election do what you must do, vote Melisa and Roosevelt out; their purpose is to enrich themselves and their American born children, and destroy Dominica in the process.

      • Robby
        July 3, 2022

        I usually don’t bother reading your nonsense and endless bragging but on this occasion I have to say, you are spot on.

  6. June 29, 2022

    All you folks do is to criticize. No constructive criticisms, no suggestions, no nothing but just criticize each time some government news is revealed; that is because their heads are empty and have nothing meaningful to contribute, block-headed mules, beginning on IBO France. What a shame from the UWP cabal.

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    • We the People
      June 30, 2022

      Hey ds, howdy

      I did not see you give any suggestions either. You’re just crying but using a different sound. If other person’s heads are empty, they show them off and bring forth the suggestions/ideas.

      See you at the maatches? :mrgreen:

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      June 30, 2022

      ds, what is $400,000.00 (dollars) for a government to talk about.
      ds, you seems to have plenty of value on peanut change; hear this: recently a Black American entertainer gave the Jamaican government $60, 000,000 million dollars and that is in US currency!
      That did not make international news, this woman babbling about this peanut change does not know the value of money either; check out Los Angeles, the average starting price of a house starts at $860,000.00 the last time I check.
      No need to remind you depending on where some one bedroom cost more the $1.5 million dollars, and before you say I lie check out Malibu!
      As usual Skerrit and his puppets like you have to make it sensational, over dog feces.
      ds, I the kid going to ensure your deportation back to Dominica to get squeezed crushed by that little black rat Roosevelt Skerrit the corrupted!
      Have nothing to say about UWP people.
      We better than you all red devils eh!
      All of you red devils are slime ball…

  7. BMB
    June 29, 2022

    Has anyone noticed that NONE of the stands have handrails on the inner staircases? Only one either side on the outer stairs. Trip and fall from the top and you roll to your death all the way to the bottom. $400,000 is nothing compared to a law suit SLAPED in the WPSS management’s face God forbid someone falls down a flight of stairs, simply because the authorities have not followed Health and Safety Standards?

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  8. LifeandDeath
    June 29, 2022

    They like big buildings and mega facilities but never stop to think about the maintenance protocol and associated costs. The Stadium is just one case in point. Which on it’s own has the capacity to earn it’s keep but sadly is chronically underutilized, due to lack of vision and strategic planning.
    Now there are Mega Apartments in every zone in Dominica. Anybody thinks about the cost of paint alone for those apts? The cost of plumbing maintenance in the medium to long term?.. in 10 years we will understand why it would’ve been better to build individual houses.

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    • We the People
      June 29, 2022

      No. The cost of plumbing in the “now term”. Just ask some of the residents and you will get the horror stories

  9. Beta
    June 29, 2022

    There we have it, Quality made in China.

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    • Ibo France
      June 29, 2022

      Quality and China is the same as Oil and Water.

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  10. Former Cricketer
    June 29, 2022

    I am happy for the return of cricket in Dominica but seriously it will just further hurt our struggling economy as our little money will leave Dominica and nothing much will be circulating. Yes vendors will sell a few things but the big winner will be cricket West Indies.
    So to hear Skerrit them say they spent $ 400,000 on Windsor park my question to them is, do they expect to make back that money and a little more to help our already depleted economy that was so badly damaged by hurricane Skerrit?

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    • June 30, 2022

      Good question. They won’t make nothing because it will be another Labor event. Tickets will be distributed to ” know all laborites”. Even a free ticket they will go to Papa for

  11. BMB
    June 29, 2022

    Fine but, where are the two other missing flood lights? My understanding is that not all the bulbs are working on the two others that are there. We’re in the hurricane season where overcast conditions resulting in poor light may occur. Ministry of sports have know this now for 5 years. Can you just imagine how embarrassing this will be for the umpire to call for lights and the 2 that’s there is insufficient? But we boast the ‘Big Screen’ back in place?

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  12. Roger Burnett
    June 28, 2022

    The $400,000 that is currently being spent on the Windsor Park Sports Stadium is a mere drop in the ocean in comparison to the real cost of keeping the stadium functional, even disregarding construction flaws and hurricane damage.

    A 2016 report stated that annual maintenance costs for the stadium will fall between 7% and 10% of its total cost. Given that the construction cost of stadium was EC$60,000,000, this amounts to over 4 million dollars to 9 million dollars annually!

    Can we really afford this astronomical cost of upkeep?

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    • Ibo France
      June 29, 2022

      Most governments have a very poor record when it comes to maintenance. The lack of regular maintenance is extremely costly.

      This regime is notorious for allowing public buildings to rot to the ground. The Margot hospital, the many health centres, the public library, the post office, court house, just a few examples.

      Anything that’s done by this autocratic regime is defective or suffers great structural damage from longstanding neglect.

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  13. Laboo
    June 28, 2022

    Who is in charge of the Dominica Tourism Board. It seems they miss every good opportunity to take advantage of special events on the Island. I always find out with little or no time to travel home for these events. Flying home to DA takes some advanced planning.

    • We the People
      June 29, 2022

      You are so right. I am sure those matches were not planed vi ki vy. We like to ride on “oh we have direct flights to Dominica from Miami” and forget people have to make arrangements – and most times well in advance too

  14. Ibo France
    June 28, 2022

    I’m sure it will take much more than $400K to get this stadium to the required international standards. Four hundred thousand dollars is just a very conservative sum to do the necessary repairs and renovations on this long neglected edifice.

    The$500K which Byron pocketed for the long overdue electoral reform report would have been perfect for the necessary restoration .

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  15. We the People
    June 28, 2022

    Meantime, according to a release from the DDA, entry protocols to the stadium have been lifted to allow both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals to enter; however, health and safety protocols must be adhered to, including mask-wearing and sanitization upon entry to the stadium and stands.

    WICKED SOULS!!!! Where were the masks for Jazz and Creole? All you need the unvaccinated individuals money. Ah choo zor!!!

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