The Arnos Vale Playing is the premier cricket stadium in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It has been described as one of the most picturesque facility of its kind in the Caribbean.
Although the stadium was constructed in the early 1970s, Arnos Vale hosted its first ever international game in 1981. The match was an ODI between West Indies and England and was a close encounter which the hosts won by two runs. It is one of the home grounds of the Windward Islands. Its maiden Test match came in 1997, when the West Indies played Sri Lanka to a draw, with Sri Lanka finishing on 233–8 chasing a target of 269 runs. The second Test held at the ground, in 2009, saw Bangladesh record their maiden Test victory over the West Indies by 95 runs. At the time the West Indies were without many of their leading players due to a dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board, so seven Test debutantes featured in the West Indian team.
In 2007, the facility benefited a huge injection of capital for its redevelopment in order to host some warm up games for the ICC Cricket World Cup hosted by the West in that year.
Despite the dominance of cricket, the Arnos Vale Stadium can be considered in multi-sport facility. The ground is used to also host international football fixtures and athletic meets at varying levels. However, its use is severely limited owing to the absence of lights. With the going prevalence of evening to night time sporting activities, the venue with all its state of the art amenities, cannot attract these events.
It had been suggested that the venue’s proximity to the ET Joshua Airport, served as a stumbling block for any initiative to install lights at the facility. Since February 14, 2017, this is no longer the case. With the opening of the Argyle International Airport, ET Joshua has since been decommissioned. The way now clear to light the Arnos Vale Playing Field.
This is among the first projects that CU-SVG has sought to undertake. Over the upcoming months, we intend to embark on a massive campaign to mobilize all the necessary resources required to light the Arnos Vale Playing Field. We will work with the government and other stake-holders to make this project a success. Soon we will let you know how you can be a part of this important venture.