Leonard Ncube in Victoria Falls
VICTORIA Falls Municipality is looking for partners for the construction of a 10 000-seater multi-purpose stadium.
The local authority’s Mayor Sifiso Mpofu told industrialists attending the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) 2017 congress that the municipality had come up with a master plan which includes upgrading of facilities such as Chinotimba Stadium.
“Our master plan includes upgrading of facilities where we want to refurbish Chinotimba Stadium to have 10 000 seats,” said Mpofu.
Chinotimba Stadium hosts Division One soccer matches.
He said the multi-purpose stadium will house a soccer pitch, a triathlon track, discus, netball, volley ball, long and triple jump facilities.
The mayor said the local authority was looking for partners to build the facility on a build-operate and transfer arrangement.
This, he said, would see the resort town hosting international teams for their pre-season training and off-season practice as well as hosting international activities.
“The stadium would have change rooms, entrance (ticketing) and exit facilities as well as commercial facilities. We want this to be well branded with lighting, scoreboards, security fencing and walling as well as the caretaker’s house,” he said.
He also said the resort town’s local authority wants to court investors to further upgrade the disused swimming pool or build a new one to be able to host international events.
The old swimming pool is under refurbishment after being chosen under the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly legacy project concept.
The local authority also allocated land to Zimbabwe Cricket for construction of a 10 000 seater cricket stadium two years ago but the project has not taken off yet.
Source: 10 000-seater stadium: Vic-Falls seeks partners