Tuesday 10th February 2015 – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Tourism today announced that the Queens Park Oval will once again be the destination for the finals of the Limacol CPL in July 2015.
Cricket fans from Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean region and international visitors will descend on Port of Spain for the semi-finals and grand final of the tournament that has been dubbed the “Biggest Party in Sport”. Queens Park Oval was the host for the finals of the inaugural CPL in 2013, drawing capacity crowds to the famous ground for the tournament that’s taken the cricket world by storm with its unique high octane T20 action and carnival atmosphere. This year, the Oval will feature a total of seven CPL matches with four Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel home games in the regular season and the semi-finals and grand final.
Commenting on this, Senator the Honourable Gerald Hadeed, Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Tourism, said; “I am delighted to have the CPL 2015 semi-finals and finals return to Trinidad and Tobago. The CPL has attracted an immense amount of interest not only locally, but regionally and internationally. Trinidad and Tobago looks forward to welcoming cricket fans from around the world to be a part of the high energy T20 matches. Sports tourism contributes to both domestic and regional tourism. The development of this niche can stimulate employment, increase foreign exchange earnings and promote further infrastructural development which will improve the tourism offerings of this country for the benefit of all its citizens.”
CPL CEO, Damien O’Donohoe, said; “Trinidad and Tobago will be fantastic hosts for the finals of the Biggest Party in Sport. Every time we bring CPL to Queens Park Oval, the atmosphere and action is second to none. This is a true heartland in world cricket and the passion of the fans is matched by the performances from the best players in this format of the game.
He continued; “We expect the economic impact of the games to be significant for Trinidad and Tobago. Last year, the hosts of the finals, St. Kitts and Nevis, saw an economic impact of US$26.3 million which was 16% of the overall regional impact figure of US$166 million while 65 million people worldwide tuned in to watch the games in 2014 also. Those figures bode well for the economy here, particularly as Port of Spain is so well set up to host a global event such as the CPL and show the world that it is truly a top class sports destination.”