National Stadium opens next month

The National Rugby League Stadium will be completed by the first week of February.

Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko says the facility is in its last stages of completion and will be fully functional by February to host its first rugby league match where the Prime Minister will do the official kick off.  

The K170 million infrastructure is constructed by Leighton PNG with seating for up to 15,000 spectators.

The seating area for the north, south and eastern stands are completed, seating a total of 10,000 people.

The main grand stand has 3184 seats and is half completed with the roofing already installed and a few more seats to be fitted in.

The playing surface has been laid out and the contractor claims that the grass is used specifically for rugby league and rugby union and is suitable for the type of climate experienced in PNG.

Tkatchenko adds that the field of play lighting is world-class, meeting international broadcast standards together with a first class playing field that meets NRL quality and size specifications.

The four light stands around the stadium have been installed and are fully functional. 

The facility also includes car parking for 200 vehicles, indoor warm up and recovery areas, gym facilities, change rooms, training and warm up field, drug testing rooms and match day medical rooms.

Contractors are completing the main grand stand seating and despite the dry weather, the playing surface appears green and well maintained.

The stadium will also host the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in November this year.

Tkatchenko said the stadium will also be used for local league games including Port Moresby Rugby League and the Digicel Cup and looks forward to the opening of the facility in the next four weeks.

The stadium comes under a trust which is headed by members of PRL and Oil Search Limited to run and operate the facility.

Quintina Naime