21 Dec 2017

Sport:CNMI football training centre gets funding boost

12:06 pm on 21 December 2017

The Northern Mariana Islands Football Association got a boost yesterday when the Marianas Visitors Authority gave it $250,000 to contribute in the construction of its training centre on Saipan.

Once built the NMI Soccer Training Center, which costs between $1.5 million and $2 million, would become the CNMI's first-ever artificial turf on the islands.

Its surface would be made up of synthetic fibers that look like natural grass, can withstand all weather conditions, and will provide a better and safer playing field to the Commonwealth's athletes.

The 48,000-square-meter facility will also house the NMIFA office, covered bleachers, locker rooms, rest rooms, a conference room, and parking space.

NMIFA Football Training Centre.

NMIFA Football Training Centre. Photo: RNZ Pacific/Mark Rabago

NMIFA said the training center is designed not only for local athletes but also to host international competitions and is scheduled to open by the end of April 2018.

Marianas Visitors Authority managing director Chris Concepcion said the football complex will also cater to international teams and events and is in line with the tourism body's sports tourism outlook for the CNMI.