Guyana is soon set to benefit from a US$215 million first of its kind International Soccer Stadium and Sporting Complex in Ituni Region 10.
In an interview with Guyana Daily News, Christopher Bassoo, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bassoo Global and lead Project Consultant for the stadium.
The Alex Bunbury Sport and Academic Association (ABSAA) has been a dream project of Alex Bunbury, a Guyana born Canadian hall of famer, according to Bassoo.
“The stadium is fully funded by a Canadian investment firm, the state of the art stadium is a big win for Guyana and it is rumored that famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to grace us with his presence at our grand opening,” says Mr. Bassoo.
According to Bassoo, construction is expected to commence in September and the opening is slated for late 2019 or early 2020.
The stadium will be constructed in Ituni since it will attract a number of soccer fans from Guyana’s South American neighbors. Bassoo also told this news entity that the contracts have already been signed and the team of engineers, constructing firms and a team of architects from Florida are set to begin work on the state of the art sporting complex.
“The project is moving from its planning stage towards a projected construction start in September, the efforts of project leader Alex Bunbury has seen a rapid move from conceptualization and planning, to the securing of a lease for the hundred acre facility,” Bassoo stated.
According to Bassoo the ABSAA has engaged his company as the lead consultant of the construction of the mega sporting complex.
The program is also expected to create large scale employment for Guyanese with the main objective to showcase the talents of young people. Meanwhile the construction of a US$33 million three phase baseball home is likely to be set up in Guyana as long as cabinet approves a three phase facility to be the home of baseball locally, according to officials.
Guyana Daily News understands that Major League Baseball officials are expected in Guyana within the next week to examine the area for construction of the facility.
Mr. Bassoo is expected to serve as the Chief Operations Officer for the project and also has the responsibility to manage cost and ensure timely delivering of various aspects of the project for the Guyana Baseball League (GBL).
The primary area of the facility will be a baseball field, however there will be other support facilities such as gyms, pools and an indoor multipurpose sport facility to be built, it is expected to serve as more than just a home for baseball.
The GBL is also expected to begin talks shortly with the Guyana Olympic Association members for consideration of amenities for other sporting disciplines such as basketball, badminton and tennis courts.
THE Alex Bunbury Sports and Academics Academy (ABSAA) is pleased to announce the full funding approval from a financial institution in Canada for the development of a US$215M project for Guyana’s first International soccer stadium and sporting complex.
The project is moving from the planning stage towards a projected construction start in September 2017.
The tireless efforts of project leader, Alex Bunbury, has seen a rapid move from conceptualization and planning, the securing of a lease for the hundred-acre facility to financial arrangements with a financial institution in Canada.
The ABSAA has engaged Bassoo Global (Guyana) as lead consultant for the completion of the construction of the mega-sporting complex.
“We’ve been busy in consultations on the project. Our team of contractors and engineers are ready to work with Baker Barrios Architects from Florida and we’re eager to get this project started,” said Christopher Bassoo, Director of Bassoo Global.
Bunbury, who returned home after some 40 years has always dreamed of giving back to his native Guyana, the country whose flag he always waves proudly wherever he is.
“The Government of Guyana has been very supportive of the project as it will not only create large scale employment for Guyanese but has as its main objective to showcase the talents of our young people.
“We are extremely excited about this venture and we see it as a great opportunity to give back to the people of Guyana. We expect to break ground within 5 months once all paper work has been completed,” said Bunbury.
Bassoo Global is an umbrella organisation with global alliances and a team of international and local expert consultants. The entity handles strategic consulting, real estate and large-scale construction projects.
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… MLB/World Baseball officials set for May 25 visit
Chronicle Sport was reliably informed that Major League Baseball (MLB) and World Baseball officials are expected in the country on May 25, to examine the possible area where the facility is to be constructed.
A call to the president of the GBL, Robin Singh, confirmed that there are moves afoot to get the facility up and running and there are sponsors ready to invest once approval is given.
“This project is the result of visionary thinking at the beginning of the cycle. We endured various ups and downs as a sport, some of our ideas worked, some failed to fire the imagination and we learned our lessons along the way,” he said.
Also on board is Japanese sport equipment and sportswear giant, Mizuno, while one other company is expected to make a sizable investment once the approval is given.
Meanwhile prominent Attorney-at-Law Mr Kashir Khan has been appointed Chairman of Board of Directors and is tasked with overseeing the transition needs of the Amateur sporting organisation to a professional business.
Mr Bassoo will serve as an ex-officio member of the GBL Board.
The GBL Board has also instructed Company president Robin Singh to institute a search for a new Chief Executive Officer from among the ranks of former MLB players. Singh will continue to act as CEO until such time as an appointment is made.
The GBL is also expected to begin talks shortly with members of the Guyana Olympic Association for inclusion of amenities for other sporting disciplines such as basketball, badminton and tennis courts. There is also the option of including newer sports such as fencing
The facility is expected to cost US$33M.