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03.06.2004 Football News

Ghana to spend about $150 million on CAN2008 facilities

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Kumasi, June 3, GNA - Ghana will spend between 100 and 150 million dollars to upgrade facilities at the Accra and Kumasi sports stadiums as well as the construction of new ones in Sekondi and Tamale. Mr Magnus Rex Danquah, Co-ordinating Director of Ghana's CAN 2008 Bid Committee said an amount of 10 million dollars would also be spent to upgrade the Accra and Kumasi stadiums.

He said these in Kumasi on Wednesday at a meeting with managers of hotels earmarked by the Committee to be used for the competition should Ghana win the bid.

Mr Danquah said the capacity at the VIP lounge in Kumasi would be raised to accommodate about 250 people in accordance with standards. He added that the sitting capacity of the stadium will also be increased to about 65,000 and that the Committee was considering the use of a canopy to cover the stands partially.

Mr Danquah mentioned other facilities to be upgraded as an on-site satellite for live transmission of matches instead of the present O.B. Vans and additional TV cameras whilst the Press Centre would have separate areas for the print and electronic media as well as commentary boxes.

He said the Committee was also looking at the development of corporate booths where corporate organisations could pay for them for their exclusive use as well as for their guests.

Mr Danquah said since all these arrangements involve a lot of money, there would be a complete change of the management of the stadiums so that the can be become more commercially viable to recover the investment within a certain time frame.

He said the CAF inspection team which will be in Ghana on 10th June, 2004 to assess the country's preparedness to host the competition in 2008 should Ghana win the Bid will visit Kumasi on 12th June, Mr Danquah therefore told the hoteliers that the team will not just inspect their facilities but will want to know their plans between now and 2007 towards hosting of the competition.

He was very optimistic that Ghana will win the Bid because the committee had done its homework well with the backing of the government.