ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA; FRIDAY JANUARY 06, 2017 – The Antigua and Barbuda Football Association is hoping that the government relocates its One Nation Concert, which is slated for the Antigua Recreation Ground tomorrow Saturday night, January 7, 2017.
This is according to General Secretary Gordon Derrick, who said the fear is that a free concert of that magnitude could have a negative effect on the facility, which could in turn; further delay the progress of the Premier Division.
The concert, which will feature a number of regional and local acts, is slated to start at 8:00 p.m.
Speaking to the Antigua Observer Derrick said, “It’s a free concert so I am not sure as to why it has to be the ARG. I am a little concerned. You know if we get between 7,000 and 10,000 people on a field and a little rain falls during the concert, and you have Burning Flames, WCK, Tian and Claudette; you know what will happen to the field.
And what will happen after that; and you know the field is still soft from the last couple of weeks so it is still wet.”
The ARG would however, have to be turned over to the event co-ordinator by Thursday of this week to facilitate the erection of the stage, which Derrick believes, will take at least a “couple of days” to remove following the event.
The Antigua and Barbuda FA is hoping that a previous plea to Tourism Minister, football sponsor and lover Asot Michael, would help to sway the minds of the organisers in considering an alternate venue.
Tmorrow Saturday January 07, 2017 will see the continuation of the 2017 Premier Division competition, when Grenades take on SAP at 5:00 p.m., and Pigotts Bullets take on Old Road at 7:00 p.m.
On Sunday, Parham will play Liberta at 3:00 p.m., Glanvilles tackle Greenbay Hoppers at 5:00 p.m., and Tryum meet Empire at 7:00 p.m. (theantiguaobserver)