Cricket World Cup – Barbados Kensington Oval Delayed, January Contests Switched To Other Venues

Barbados organizing committee chief executive Stephen Alleyne said: “Kensington is still a construction site, and there is still some work to be done.

“We cannot have any matches being played there in the lead-up to the cricket World Cup, and definitely not in January.”

… Excerpt from BBC Sport Cricket (link here

When the Olympics were on in Greece, I recall seeing painters administering the final coats to venues even as spectators were arriving, so this last minute frenzy is all the norm in big events productions.

It usually works out and I expect it will work out in Barbados. Once in a while though, you get a disaster like happened in Canada where (I think) the place still isn’t finished two decades later.

(Maybe our friend Hants can tell us that story in the comments section?) 


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3 responses to “Cricket World Cup – Barbados Kensington Oval Delayed, January Contests Switched To Other Venues

  1. Hants

    Hope this helps but CWC2007 will earn a fraction of the cost of Kensington Oval. It will take years to repay the debt incurred.

    Canada’s Summer Olympic experience in 1976 showed what a badly run Games can do to a city. The dream of hosting the sporting spectacle came true for Montreal, but that old saying, “Be careful what you wish for,” still rings true for Montrealers.

    Mayor Jean Drapeau promised Quebecers that the Olympics would not cost taxpayers a cent; however, the financial catastrophe of the 1976 Games is still costing Quebec. The debt incurred was scheduled to be paid off in 2002 – 26 years after the Games. The price tag for hosting the Games was originally estimated at $310 million, but the actual figure ballooned to $1.5 billion. The Olympic Stadium – which has spent much of the past decade crumbling into disrepair – was to cost only $200 million, but the final bill skyrocketed to $1 billion – hence the nickname “The Big Owe.”

    The escalating costs of building supplies meant budgets were vastly underestimated. Labour disputes left many venues unfinished at the beginning of the Games, and construction contracts were awarded through a shoddy bid process. All this mismanagement resulted in a whopping $1-billion deficit.

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  3. John

    “The Big Owe.”

    Seems to missing an “n”!!