National Football Stadium nearly ready

Oil Search continues to work with the PNG Football Association (PNGFA) to finalise the completion of the National Football Stadium for next year’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup.

Construction of the NFS, formerly known as the Lloyd Robson Oval, is nearing completion with the stadium to be fully functional in February next year.

Oil Search managing director and chairman of the Lloyd Robson Oval Trustee Limited, Peter Botten said the NFS is being completed to world class standards that will meet FIFA requirements.

“A FIFA delegation visited the venue recently and was impressed with the design and quality of the facility. They have advised a list of requirements to meet all their standards and these have been incorporated into the stadium construction and design,” said Botten.

He said that the NFS had been constructed to comply with National Rugby League (NRL) guidelines and governing codes that allow NRL games to be played at the stadium. 

He explained the design of the stadium presently allows for seating of up to 15,000 spectators, taking designs from the successful developments at the Gold Coast Cbus stadium and AMI stadium in New Zealand. 

“Facilities meet all modern player requirements, that include state-of-the-art indoor warm up and recovery areas, gym facilities, change rooms for home and away teams, for curtain raiser matches, referees rooms, ball boys change rooms, drug testing rooms and match day medical rooms. 

“The field of play lighting is world-class, meeting international broadcast standards. There is also an adjacent training and warm up field,” said Botten. 

Author: 
Troy Taule