Dill calls for finals to be held at Stadium
Shervin Dill, the North Village president, has called for the Bermuda Football Association to return all cup finals to the National Stadium.
The arena, part of the National Sports Centre in Devonshire, only hosts the FA Cup final, with the Dudley Eve Trophy and Friendship Trophy finals held at club grounds.
Dill said he appreciated that money generated from those finals swelled the clubs’ coffers, but believes that those showpiece events are gradually losing their prestige.
“I know there’s a history of the affiliates hosting the finals at different clubs for financial and other reasons,” said Dill, speaking at the BFA semi-annual Congress meeting at Devonshire Recreation Club this week.
“But we’re only hosting one final during the whole season at the National Stadium.”
Dill, whose Village side were beaten 2-0 by PHC Zebras in the Friendship Trophy final at Wellington Oval on New Year’s Day, added: “I hope there can be some consideration to returning all finals to the National Stadium.
“I know a lot of the clubs enjoyed having the right to play their finals at the National Stadium.
“I would dearly like to have some strong consideration on that based on security, playing surface and just the genuine prestige of playing at the National Stadium.”
Shannon Burgess, the BFA competitions committee chairman, said he would assemble a financial report for the clubs into the pros and cons of hosting finals at the National Stadium.
He added that it would be the clubs’ decision on whether the Dudley Eve Trophy and Friendship Trophy are played at the National Stadium.
“Ultimately the decision was made before I joined the executive committee to take [final] matches to the clubs,” Burgess told the Congress meeting.
“That was a financial decision. What I want to do is give you a financial picture of what it looks like to host matches at the National Stadium and what it looks like to host matches at the clubs.
“If you look at that financial picture, I presume that you will see that it’s more beneficial for the clubs to host the Dudley Eve and Friendship finals at the clubs because, essentially, the money generated feeds back into the clubs.
“We will show you the numbers to say what ‘A’ looks like and what ‘B’ looks like. If you say you want to take the finals back up to the National Stadium then we will have to consider your recommendation.”
Sean Tucker, the chairman of the National Sports Centre trustees, said he was aware that some BFA members considered the costs of holding finals at the National Stadium prohibitive.
“There are two schools of thought: some decided they wanted to move these finals to support the clubs, while others said they didn’t want to hold the finals at the National Sports Centre because of the costs,” Tucker said.
“Obviously there is a cost to having the events there, but if [the BFA] is interested in having them there, we can certainly make the facility available. We would welcome having the finals at the National Sports Centre.”
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