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New stadium will lead to business opportunities

The new Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium will lead to significant opportunities for Bahamian entrepreneurs in the years to come, according to the director of sports tourism development at the Ministry of Tourism.

“We’re very excited about particularly what it does. It opens up tremendous opportunities for our country because we now have a world-class facility that puts us in a position where we can even bid on major regional and international sporting events like soccer, rugby, and American football,”said Tyrone Sawyer yesterday in an interview withThe Nassau Guardian.

He added that the Bahamas Football Association has already had inquiries from an English Premier League team about holding a training session at the new stadium when it is completed.

Sawyer said The Bahamas has been stunted in its development in the past in terms of what it can achieve hosting international sporting events.

“We have suffered very much,”he said.”We’re beginning to see ourselves elevated not only with the new stadium, but with all of the sports tourism that we have been doing for many years.”

The Bahamas recently secured exempt status from the National Collegiate Athletic Association(NCAA), allowing for more college basketball games to be played in the country.

“Atlantis has seen the opportunity because they have gone out and are building an arena in their ballroom and bringing four top-level teams to play in what we call an exempted tournament,”said Sawyer.

He added that proximity to the US will help drive sports business to the new stadium.

“We have got a great infrastructure already in place that we can build upon to make this entire stadium area much moreproductive,”he said.

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