Manning final for Sabina Park
SABINA Park will host this weekend's Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup final.
ISSA changed the venue from the 25,000-capacity National Stadium to Sabina Park after a disappointing turn-out at last weekend's semi-finals.
George Forbes, ISSA's competitions officer, told STAR Sports that last Saturday's crowd attendance at Sabina Park would make it unsustainable to host the final at the National Stadium.
In last Saturday's semi-finals Jamaica College stopped first-time semi-finalists Denham Town High 4-2 while St George's College whipped Jonathan Grant High 4-1 to set up an intriguing final.
"It's not a cost factor. We just looked at the numbers that came to the semi-finals, and we couldn't't use that number to rent the stadium. It would be a drop in the bucket," Forbes outlined in a telephone interview.
"People always talk about ISSA not giving enough good surfaces to play on and for the semi-finals, we did, and the crowd was very disappointing.
"Sabina Park can only accommodate 11,000 so the earlier supporters come out, the better.
Tickets will be on a first-come, first-served basis," Forbes said.
A third place play-off between Jonathan Grant High and Denham Town High will kick off at 3 p.m. before the 5 p.m. clash between defending champions Jamaica College and this season's hottest team, St George's College.
Admission cost is $500.