Thomas Robinson Stadium

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Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium
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The stadium in 2012.
Full nameThomas A. Robinson National Stadium
LocationQueen Elizabeth Sports Centre, Nassau, Bahamas
Owner Bahamas Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Culture
Capacity 15,023 (expandable to 23,000)
Surface Grass
Construction
Built1981
Opened1981
Renovated2005 for the CAC Championship
2014 for the IAAF World Relays
ExpandedFebruary 23, 2012
Tenants
Bahamas national football team
IM Bears FC
College of the Bahamas
Bahamas Bowl (2014–present)

Thomas Robinson Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Nassau, Bahamas. It is currently used mostly for soccer matches. The stadium currently has a capacity of 15,000 people, but has the ability to be expanded to hold 23,000 people. [1] The stadium is also the home of the College Football (American football) bowl game the Bahamas Bowl.

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The stadium is named after Thomas A. "Tom" Robinson, a former track and field star who represented The Bahamas at several Olympic Games. [2] [3]

Bahamas national football team withdrawal from 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

On 22 August 2011, Bahamas national football team was withdrawn by FIFA, from the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Some days later, Bahamas Football Association current president Anton Sealey said the reason was the incomplete construction of the Thomas Robinson Stadium project in Nassau.

Bahamas Bowl (NCAA)

The Bahamas Bowl is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sanctioned Division I college American football bowl game first played in December 2014 at Thomas Robinson Stadium. The American Athletic Conference gave Conference USA its spot in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl and C-USA allowed BYU to take its spot in the Miami Beach Bowl for 2014.

C-USA purchased the Bahamas Bowl and will play in the bowl four times between 2014 and 2019 and possibly all six years. [4]

The inaugural game was held on December 24, 2014, and featured the Central Michigan Chippewas (7-5) vs. the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (7-5). [5] Western Kentucky won the game after withstanding a furious fourth quarter rally by the Chippewas.[ citation needed ] The second edition of the game was played on December 24, 2015.

IAAF World Relays

In 2014, Thomas Robinson Stadium served as the host of the inaugural IAAF World Relays, a relay athletics meet organized by the IAAF. A new Mondo track was installed for the competition. [6] The Stadium also hosted the 2015 IAAF World Relays.

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References

  1. http://www.thebahamasweekly.com/publish/bis-news-updates/National_Stadium_will_provide_economic_opportunities_for_The_Bahamas_printer.shtml ... capacity to be expanded to accommodate 23,000 seats
  2. http://www.jonesbahamas.com/news/123/ARTICLE/20122/2009-07-24.html%5B%5D ...the Track and Field stadium in Nassau was named in his honour.
  3. http://www.iaaf.org/news/kind=100/newsid=52345.html ...The stadium in Nassau was named after him in 1981
  4. "BYU to play in inaugural Miami Beach Bowl". ESPN.com. 28 April 2014.
  5. Butzin, Cory. "Central Michigan to play Western Kentucky in inaugural Popeyes Bahamas Bowl on Christmas Eve". MLive.com.
  6. "Stadium renovations on target for the World Relays". www.tribune242.com.

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