By Dennis Osei
Accra, Nov 12, GNA - The new look of the Accra Sports Stadium’s media stands has received commendations by many of those who will be using it, even though, there have been some serious concerns about the facility.
The new media stands looks much standardised this time with swivel chairs and cubicles, and proper electrical installations to help ease the work of the media personalities who would be using the facility.
However, the new media stands as well as the entire stadium facility having gone under renovations for the hosting of the African Women’s Cup of Nations, (AWCON) was put to test on Sunday, November 11, in a friendly match between the Black Queens of Ghana and the Bayana Bayana of South Africa.
But in the course of the game, one thing that was palpable was how the media personnel seemed uncomfortable using the new facility.
Almost all the journalist watched the game standing in front of their respective cubicles instead of sitting in their chairs.
In an interview with the GNA Sports, some of the journalist shared their concerns and called for some changes to be done on the facility.
Mr. Saddick Adams, Spots Journalist with Atinka FM said; “we have seen a clear facelift but there is challenge with the cubicles. It is not advisable to use cubicles in the media stands, because apart from watching the game on the pitch the media is suppose to have a clear view of the entire stadium in terms of reporting and catching other exciting moments in the crowd.
"Its better these are removed before the start of the tournament because I have traveled to see other stadia and the media stands should always be clear of the entire view of the stadium.
"But apart from that it looks fantastic with all the new chairs and the electrical gadgets that have been fitted in place," he added.
Mr. Ekow Asmah, a sports pundit with Asempa FM noted that: “this is beautiful to say the least and I like the new look with all the new installations. I must say we should commend everyone involved in this work. But I think as you saw, there is a challenge watching from here, so you saw all of us standing. And I think they look to at that".
Miss Matilda Dimedo of Zylofon FM also added that; “I think it’s so nice and at least when you come to the stadium it gives you the opportunity to work properly with the new electrical system here.
"But the cubicles are too tall and needs to come down because if you are sitting you can’t really see the field,” she added.
Mr. Sheikh Tophic Sienu of 442gh.com said that; “I think its not just beautiful but overly impressive. When I walked in here and I saw the media stands, I remembered what I saw at the Yokohama stadium when I went to Japan last year. And you realise that the electrification system is apt.
"I complained to the media liaison of the tournament. It is true that when you sit, the glass erected as cubicles blocks your view and you need to stand up before you can watch the game.
"That is how we all watched the game. So it could be good if they could probably remove the white glass on top and leave the blue aspect for the media.”