The Jamaica Football Federation, on March 13, officially opened brand new digs that include a full-sized artificial turf and a 26-room building at the Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence just six months after breaking ground.
JFF President Michael Ricketts said the facility, which has a price tag of US $600,000.00, was the first of at least four his administration will deliver in the next four years. Expressing his elation to have completed the task in a short time, Ricketts said the artificial surface would bolster the preparation of the respective national teams. “No longer will they go (to other countries) not having played on an artificial surface before,” the president said, noting that some of the international matches are played on a similar surface.
A Costa Rican outfit, Stadium Source, was contracted by FIFA for the project. Stacey Lewis-Daniel, senior FIFA development manager for Africa and the Caribbean, congratulated the JFF on the accomplishment, saying Ricketts and his team’s work aligns with FIFA’s focus on development.
Past Reggae Boyz took on a Media Select side as part of the opening.