Estadio Nacional Rod Carew to undergo renovations

Panama City’s Estadio Nacional Rod Carew is set to undergo extensive renovation work after the Government of Panama gave the green light to the project.

Estadio Nacional Rod Carew, which has a capacity of 25,000, mainly caters to baseball matches and was first opened in 1999.

Under the project, valued at just under B/.7m (£5.61m/€6.64m/$7m), 10,000 new seats will be installed to Major League Baseball (MLB) standards, with a further 5,000 being upgraded.

The entire playing field will be replaced, while a new drainage system will be installed. The locker rooms and dugouts will be remodelled, while new broadcast facilities will be introduced and the stadium’s sound equipment upgraded. The stadium lighting will be upgraded to LED standard, among other improvements.

The first phase of work is required to be complete ahead of Estadio Nacional Rod Carew’s staging of World Baseball Classic games in September.

President of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo, speaking as construction work commenced at the stadium, said, according to Radio Panama: “The works that begin today (Tuesday) cover the comprehensive improvement of the stadium’s facilities, its different environments and functions, to adequately and efficiently serve the needs of athletes, sports organisations and the public that attends events.”

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