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09.11.2007 Sports News

Baba Yara Stadium Ready Nov. 20

The contractor working on the Baba Yara Stadium says the stadium would be ready for hand-over to the government on November 20, this year.

Before then, however, there will be a technical hand-over tomorrow. Currently over 95 per cent of the work has been completed with a little work concentrated on the external development.

Mr George Awuah, Deputy Project Manager of Consar Limited, contractors working on the project, disclosed this when a team from the Graphic Communication Group Limited (GCGL) visited the stadium last Wednesday to see the progress of work.

The team which was led by Mr Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh, General Manager (Newspapers), also included Mr Ackah Anthony, Assistant Editor of the Graphic Sports and President of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG).

Mr Awuah said the 40,000-capacity stadium had a number of facilities that put it in the class of other first class stadiums in the world.

He said for instance that the CCTV had been installed at all corners of the stadium to provide security back-up.
Mr Awuah also said that the inner perimeter has been made of bullet proof glass.

The doping room is one of the most modern anyone can find anywhere in the world.

He said the stadium could provide seats for 228 print journalists but only 105 would have tables to write on.

Apparently amazed at the magnificent edifice that now represents the Baba Yara Stadium, Mr Boadu-Ayeboafoh said “this is something Ghanaians should be proud of.”

He said Ghana coulld not afford to lose the Cup to any side and therefore stressed the need for the people to give the team all the needed support to win the Cup.

He gave the assurance that the Graphic Group of newspapers would continue to rally the needed support for the team to triumph, and also whip up public enthusiasm for the tournament.

For his part Mr Anthony said of the stadium, “this is marvellous.”

Story by Kwame Asare Boadu