Tema Sports Stadium falling apart

Author: GNA
The Tema Sports Stadium has not seen any renovation work since 2008
The Tema Sports Stadium has not seen any renovation work since 2008

The Tema Sports Stadium, located at Tema Community One, is yet to see any facelift,almost eight years after the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) cut sod for its reconstruction.

On December 4, 2012, the TMA, led by the then Metropolitan Chief Executive, Kempes Ofosuware, cut sod amidst fanfare with a promise to reconstruct the stadium into a 20,000-seater facility with open roof panels.

It was also expected to have a score board, loud speakers, Olympic size swimming pool, children’s playground, as well as conference and lecture halls. In addition the stadium would have public washrooms, media room, VIP stand, standby generator and modern ticket booths.

But eight years down the line, when the Ghana News Agency visited the stadium, nothing had been done as the place remained the way it was when the TMA cut the sod.

The facility was constructed in the 1960s as a recreational centre for the fledgling maritime and industrial city but later turned into a stadium.It currently boast of a  FIFA-standard artificial turf pitch inaugurated in 2008.

Contrary to an expected 20,000-sitting capacity, the GNA Sports saw faded plastic chairs fixed some broken chairs onto benches at the stands with some broken.This usually make football fans to stand and watch matches.

There were no modern toll booth as promised, as the old ones were non-functional so officials had to sell tickets at the entrance to the stadium while the washrooms were in a very deplorable state.

The GNA, on one of its visits to the stadium, witnessed someone using the place to attend to the call of nature.

The walls of the dressing rooms had their painting peeling off, with dirty broken bathrooms which had no doors to secure the privacy of users.

Some workers at the stadium said supply of materials needed for the maintenance and management of the Tema Sports Stadium were not forthcoming.

They added that apart from the challenge of lack of enough workers at the stadium, “the wee boys, mostly come here on match days and smoke right here publicly leaving behind a lot of rubbish and mess for us to clean”.

Mr Gabriel Doku, the acting head of the Tema Sports Council, told the GNA Sports that patronage of the stadium had gone down due to the state of the facility and the fact that no Premier League team was playing in Tema.

Mr Doku blamed the poor state of the seats on the unruly behaviour of some fans who ripped them up when their team lost a match.

Mr Frank Asante, the Tema Metropolitan PRO, responding to the issue, said theTMA was supposed to reconstruct the stadium, but was unable to find the needed funding as agreed with his outfit.

He ,however, promised that the assembly was exploring other alternatives to put up a befitting stadium with other rec