Former FUFA president and Vipers Sports Club chairman, Lawrence Mulindwa has unveiled the refurbished St Mary’s stadium. However, this stadium meets the real standards compared to other stadiums.
Early this year, the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) made a report in which it declared St.Mary’s stadium unfit to host continental games because of a number of reasons among others including an unleveled pitch with slopes all over the ground.
Vipers launched St Mary’s stadium officially.
Meanwhile, at the end of last Uganda Premier League season, works started on the stadium and consequently led to installation of an artificial turf.
Speaking at the function to unveil the refurbished stadium, Mulindwa said they contemplated on a number of issues before choosing the artificial turf ahead of natural grass.
He said a team of experts was sent to various countries including Rwanda and others in Europe for a fact finding mission on how best to install the turf before narrowing down on the best one. In what he termed as the second phase of upgrading St.Mary’s stadium, the former FUFA president a refurbished dressing room and sitting area for both the fans and the coaching staff.
The refurbished dugout hosts 21 personnel on the technical bench for each team. Mulindwa said the new look was meant to live to the expectation of everyone as one of the ways to improve the game of football in the country.
“I don’t think there’s a club even in the premier league with a better dressing room than this one. We constructed the stadium in such a way that whoever comes here has an experience,” he said.
According to Mulindwa, the third and fourth phases of developing the stadium would include installation of modern flood lights and expansion of the stadium.
He however urged other clubs in the country to emulate him by constructing stadiums adding that this way the game of football will grow in the country.
He said that because there’s always a first, other clubs can now follow suit other than always relying on sharing stadiums, but now St Mary’s Stadium is in existence.
Vipers SC unveiled their 2018/2019 full squad on the same function.
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