Trelawny Stadium, some 40km east of Montego Bay, was built as a gift to Jamaica by the Chinese government at a time they were looking to increase their influence in the region. After no country bid to host the opening ceremony for the 2007 World Cup, the Jamaican government stepped in and the new ground was started in November 2005 and, with an almost entirely Chinese labour force, finished in June 2006. It is a well-appointed, if functional, venue which has little Caribbean flavour. It has 10,000 permanent seats but this can be raised using temporary seating to nearer 25,000. It is not likely to host too much cricket given the presence of Sabina Park, but it will be used for soccer, rugby and American football.
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