About $1.6 million in public cash shall be spent on refurbishing 4 sports activities grounds in Dunedin in preparation for subsequent yr’s FIFA Girls’s World Cup.
Dunedin Stadium (Forsyth Barr Stadium), Tahuna Park, Logan Park 6 and the Caledonian Floor will quickly be upgraded for the Dunedin matches within the World Cup, which takes place from July 21 to August 1.
About $19 million shall be spent to enhance 30 sports activities services throughout the nation.
Soccer South chief govt Dougal McGowan mentioned about $1.6 million can be spent on the renovation of the grounds, together with gender-neutral locker rooms, new lighting and upgrades to the pitch.
Ten groups would play six video games between them in Dunedin.
Greater than a billion pairs of eyes can be on Dunedin through the cup and it was a unbelievable alternative to showcase the town, he mentioned.
Nevertheless, this required enhancements to services similar to putting in or upgrading lamps to satisfy FIFA’s minimal necessities.
Many of the cash would go in direction of upgrading Tahuna Park, Logan Park 6 and the Caledonian Floor.
It was lucky that not one of the grounds had been owned by a membership, because the renovation wouldn’t interrupt a particular membership’s coaching, he mentioned.
Jess Fuller, Soccer South’s women and girls’s growth officer, mentioned many feminine gamers weren’t comfy altering on the pitch as a result of they didn’t have good high quality devoted services. The
World Cup was the largest sporting occasion for ladies the town would have ever seen. She anticipated that many residents would not understand how necessary it was till it began.
“Lots of people do not actually perceive the magnitude of the match,” she mentioned.
She had lately visited colleges and noticed that many younger ladies had been excited concerning the occasion.
A spokesman for Dunedin Metropolis Council mentioned a minimum of one of many grounds could possibly be used as a staff base camp, a brand new idea for the occasion the place every staff would use one floor as their cup headquarters.
Dunedin labored intently with representatives from FIFA, the federal government and different cities within the run-up to the match to arrange for the occasion, he mentioned.