With 27 days to go, the Local Organising Committee for the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea is working around the clock to ensure that all is ready before the kick-off on November 13.
Preparation is gearing up with LOC’s overlay teams and competitions team working closely with the venue owners to ensure that all is ready for LOC to move in when the bump-in commences in two weeks.
Asset allocation has been completed for all venues and bump-in is awaiting installation of temporary fencing for all training and match venues.
Local contractor, PNGcomm Limited has also completed the laying of pipes for fibre-optic cabling at the Bava Mini Stadium and the National Football Stadium.
This will enable the tournament officials along the field of play to have access to internet services during the tournament.
The security team, through the security committee, is finalising its operational order that will see around 1200 security personnel from the three disciplinary forces assisting with security operations.
There will be about 200 PNG Defence Force officers, 60 Correctional Service Officers and 940 Police Officers. The 5 private security firms will bring on a total of 360 personnel to assist the security team. The operations order has three phases, with the first phase starting on October 31.
KIA Motors, who are FIFA partners, have donated 65 vehicles for use during the tournament.
There will be a fan zone set up at Vision City amphitheatre. The idea behind the fan zone is to bring football to the people and introduce the beautiful game and its commercial affiliates to the public. The fan zone will be open starting on November 15.
The FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup mascot, Susa continues to make appearance at the local communities and schools in Port Moresby.
LOC chief executive officer, Seamus Marten said a lot is happening behind the scenes and as the tournament date draws nearer the city residents will start noticing the change.
“This is going to be the biggest sports event ever to be broadcasted from Papua New Guinea and this is an opportunity for Papua New Guinea and the host city to show the world we can. The world will be watching so we want everyone in Port Moresby to be part of this huge sporting event,” Marten said.
Tickets for the tournament are now on sale online but for the general public, the tickets will go on sale in November.