The ongoing renovation of the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi is 97 per cent complete, according to Mr Kofi Addai, the Principal Estate Manager, Ashanti Regional Secretariat of the National Sports Authority (NSA).
He said the pitch itself is completed and that it was currently being tested to see how best it could handle heavy downpours, one of the main bottlenecks which among other factors prompted for renovation works to be carried on the stadium.
Mr Addai made this known on Thursday when he accompanied the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Simon Osei Mensah on a working visit to some project sites in Kumasi.
Also present was Mr Emmanuel Kojo Appiah, the acting Regional Director of Sports.
“We have identified the problem and it will soon be rectified”, he said, adding that once that is done, the pitch would be handed over for use, while the second phase of renovation continues.
He said, aside from improving the pitch, approximately 22,000 broken seats have been replaced and a digital scoreboard was also installed to replace the analogue one.
Mr Addai hinted that the VVIP stands which before had a seating capacity of 155, has also been reduced to 87 seats to make it spacious and comfortable for dignitaries.
“This time around, we will roof the entire VVIP arcade to ward off sun and rains”, he noted, adding that the seats for the arcade have been changed from plastic to leather chairs and needed to be protected from the rains.
With regards to illumination, he said the initial incandescent floodlighting system has also been changed to LED bulbs to reduce power consumption.
Source: Graphic online