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Easier to get to Oval than BLCA

Saturday, September 9, 2017

​I wish that all roads in Trinidad could be designed and built as fast as the additional access road to the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. Within three weeks the road was built and paved and ready for use, including a VIP entrance onto the highway, (I wonder what approvals were received for this.)

It’s a shame though that after all that effort, and no one knows how much money, there is still gridlock to get in and out of the facility for even the less than 50 per cent crowd attendance observed at the games.

I wonder if the ticket prices were set to compensate for the expected low attendance. Imagine US$40 for mound tickets and stand tickets from US$70 up to US$150. Maybe it’s the other way round—the high ticket prices are keeping the crowds away. Whatever it is, it is a failure, and I would like to know at the end what returns, if any, were received on the monies paid to the CPL organisers to have the finals at this venue.

Don’t get me wrong, I am from south and welcomed the opportunity for cricket in the southland. However, the overall planning of the venue is deficient. It is easier for me to leave San Fernando and attend a match at the Oval than to get into the BLCA from San Fernando.




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