With the pending arrival of Hurricane Irma, Grand Bahamians are leaving nothing to chance in regards to preparation for the record-breaking storm.
On that note, management at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex, at this time, can only hope for the best.
The Freeport News understands that Anthony Bain has taken over supervising duties at the Complex now that Gladstone “Moon” McPhee has stepped down.
This daily was unable to reach Bain for word on how preparation at the Complex was coming along. However, on the grounds yesterday was Jason Larrimore, who works daily at the Complex, and he assured that the Complex is as ready as it can be for the potential strength of Irma.
Last year the Complex suffered some significant damage in the wake of Category 4 Hurricane Matthew. The fencing, stadium rails, storage doors and the softball field dugouts were destroyed as a result. Of course, since then repairs had been made.
“Everybody noticed we got our rails, the guys put back up the fencing. They (Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture) made sure the bathrooms were up to par, we got running water. They started to fix the light and they came in to check the ceilings to start fixing.
“They’ve done a good job so far, so hopefully we don’t get any major damages.”
With the uncertainty of just where the eye of Irma will pass, residents throughout Grand Bahama and The Bahamas at large were urged to be prepared. In the wake of the potential aftermath the Complex worker noted that a plan appears to be in place.
“They have a plan already set out for the Sports Complex. They already have plans to fix and add on more to the facility. So with any potential damage it would fit right in.”
In terms of events scheduled for this month, Larrimore pointed out that there was only one event on the calendar and once no significant damage is done, that competition will be in good shape to take place.
“The only event that was on schedule to take place was the annual Anglican track meet at the end of September-early October. But once the track isn’t affected we still can have meets and so on,” he stated, “True track and field spectators don’t care if they have to stand on the grass or the ground. Once the track is okay to compete on we’ll be alright.”