Located in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, the SKD is the nation’s biggest sports stadium with a maximum capacity of 35,000 spectators.
However, our reporter, who was at the stadium, said the stadium was overcrowded perhaps due to the over sales of tickets by the organizers to spectators.
It could be recalled that the organizer of the nation’s premiere annual sports festival, the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) through its Minister D. ZeogarWilson, announced at a press conference that the sales of tickets were going to be controlled as well as stringent security measures put into place to avoid any such future.
According to him, instead of the 35,000 tickets, only 17,000 tickets were going to be sold, a little below half percent of the total stadium capacity as the government strives to not only control over crowdedness, but spread of the corona virus disease, which has since ravaged the world since November of 2019, and in Liberia since March of 2020.
However, the pronouncement by the Youth and Sports Minister apparently felt on deaf ears, as the stadium was parked to capacity or over capacity during recent games, with the Sunday’s games being the worst.
Due to the over crowdedness of the SKD, our reporters said several persons sustained major and minor injuries, while several persons fainted within various gates of the stadium.
The injured spectators were taken in ambulances to various hospitals for medical treatment. Even though no case of death was reported up to press time, it was gathered that there were several critical cases.
Meanwhile, Sunday’s games featured Lofa and Margibi in the kickball third place and Grand Bassa and Nimba in the grand final of the kickball category. In football, Margibi and former champions Grand Kru also played for the third place, while the grand final was played between Lofa and Montserrado.
There was also an exhibition match played between the former national team commonly known as “George Weah 11” and the current national team.