Tottenham Hotspur to face Jamaican national team in The Bahamas
Tottenham Hotspur will play an exhibition match against the Jamaican national team in The Bahamas on May 23 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium on Nassau Paradise Island.
Both teams accepted an invitation from the Government of The Bahamas, and the stage is set for the first match featuring a Premier League Club in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
The match will also mark one of the major events in the new 15,000-seat stadium as well as in the year-long celebration of The Bahamas’ 40th anniversary of independence.
Tottenham Hotspur Chairman, Daniel Levy, said: “We are delighted to accept an invitation from the Government of The Bahamas to take part in the country’s 40th anniversary celebrations. This match will see the Club support the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, as it looks to build its profile across key markets around the world as a leading destination for tourism.”
Anton Sealy, President of the Bahamas Football Association, said: "The Bahamas Football Association is delighted to welcome Tottenham Hotspur and the Jamaican national team to The Bahamas. We will be working closely with Tottenham Hotspur ahead of this match to help us develop football across the islands. We're confident that the Club will enjoy its experience here and in turn attract other Premier League Clubs who seek a warm and friendly place to train and prepare their squads."
“We are delighted at the opportunity to host this first-rate event, which will mark a new and exciting thrust in our efforts to support and encourage global sporting events at all levels” said Mr. David Johnson, Director General, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.
In the run-up to the match, Tottenham Hotspur will work with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism to help promote The Bahamas as a world-leading destination for tourism, while working with the National Sports Authority to help position the new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium as a hub for major international sporting events.
The stadium is part of the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, an ongoing redevelopment plan on its 450 acres that will eventually include an athletes’ village, new baseball and softball fields and stadiums, and a new indoor multiplex.
In the build-up to Jamaica’s qualifying round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, this fixture provides the Jamaican team with ideal preparation ahead of its all-important match against Mexico the following week.
For those interested in watching Tottenham Hotspur take on the Jamaican national team, tickets for the match are available now and can be purchased online at www.nsa-bahamas.com.