Lockerbie appointed 2007 Venue Development Director

Guyana Chronicle
September 18, 2003

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CWC 2007): Don Lockerbie has been appointed The Venue Development Director of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 to be hosted by West Indies.

As Venue Development Director, Lockerbie is in charge of overseeing the development of the stadia and support infrastructure necessary for the region to host the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. He will also lead the Venue Assessment Team that will be charged with assessing the bids from countries in the region vying to host events. The bid process is expected to commence later this year.

“Don has extensive and varied experience in the area of sports venue development, having worked on over 300 sports facilities and sporting events throughout North America and around the world,” remarked Chris Dehring, managing director of the ICC CWC 2007.

Dehring added: “Don has a reputation for being able to tackle complex sports facility and entertainment projects by developing solutions that often result in noteworthy accomplishments themselves.

“Bearing in mind the scattered nature of the countries, we believe that Don’s skills and achievements have prepared him well for the extraordinary challenges we will face in getting the Caribbean ready for the ICC CWC 2007.”

Lockerbie was a senior member of the team of technical consultants to the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States and is well known as perhaps the pre-eminent planner of many of that country's most acclaimed soccer and track & field facilities.

He has also provided consulting services for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and on the international front is known for his work on the National Indoor Arena for Sport in Birmingham, England, that opened the door for consultation towards Olympic bids in Puerto Rico and Uzbekistan.

“Being asked to work on the ICC CWC 2007 in the West Indies is a terrific opportunity and challenge and one to which I am very much looking forward,” Lockerbie said.

He continued: “The ICC CWC 2007 is one of the elite sporting events in the world with huge possibilities for the Caribbean. My job is to improve the infrastructure of the region to enable it to maximise all of that potential."

Lockerbie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed a Bachelor's degree in American Studies, specialising in literature and military history in 1979.