first_imgTHERE are reportedly plans for the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, South Trinidad to host the opening ceremony of the 2017 HERO Caribbean Premier League.The incomplete stadium had been sitting idle for the past few years but for the past year the current government resumed work to complete the facility that was named after that country’s most famous cricketer, the Trinidad Guardian reported.Once complete the government is expected to bid for the opening ceremony of the CPL which will coincide with the official opening of the stadium in July 2017.“The stadium is owned by the government and, of course, the owners of the CPL will be looking to use it because it would be cheaper than the Oval,” a source told the Guardian.“The venue is world class for what it offers in terms of ‘live’ broadcast and this will be a great fit for the CPL which is called the greatest party in sport when it comes to the game’s T20 format.”According to the newspaper, CPL rents the Queen’s Park Oval for an average of US$40,000 per day and now the government can use the facility to negotiate with the organizers to have more matches played in T&T.The stadium has been at the centre of controversy involving significant cost overruns which resulted in construction being halted for several years.last_img

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