four stadia being constructed for the 2001 World Under-17 Championship
will represent the high point in the boom of new sports venues that
has erupted in Trinidad and Tobago over the past three years or so.
spite of places such as the Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in Tunapuna,
the National Hockey Centre in Tacarigua and the new indoor arenas in
Tacarigua and Point Fortin, the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain
still continues to exist as one of this country's most famous sports
the Oval' s status as one of the world’s most established cricket grounds
is assured, having played host to test matches since 1930 . But
it has been more than a cricket venue, it has also been home to a variety
of sports. Up until the opening of the National (later Hasely Crawford)
Stadium in 1982, the Oval had been the main venue for international
football for the preceding 30 years. Over the decades, it also played
host to track and field and rugby. In 1987, a cycle track was built
to compliment the tennis and badminton courts that had already existed
as part of the facility.
the venue’s proprietors, the Queen’s Park Cricket Club, undertook a
renovation program that involved the construction of a gym and the erection
of corporate “boxes” in the Sir Errol Dos Santos Stand. In the years
since, the Parkites have added a new section, the Cyril Duprey Stand,
revamped another and have installed a new electronic scoreboard.