NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas is set to make history on May 23, 2013 as its new $30 million Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium will serve as host to an exhibition match between the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and the Jamaican national football team on Nassau Paradise Island.
Starting just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, the 700 Islands Of The Bahamas appeal to a variety of vacation styles, with some of the world’s best beaches and activities such as scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as shopping and dining. These attractions along with the warm, friendly and hospitable Bahamian people draw nearly five million visitors per year.
While best known to consumers as an easily accessible tropical getaway, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is also hoping to stake a claim as a destination for sports tourism, making investments in the industry and establishing partnerships that promote the islands as a location for sport – both in participation and spectacle. The stadium and the country hosting such world-class soccer teams in this international event is just another indication of the country’s growth in prominence over the past four decades.
Travelers interested in visiting The Bahamas to attend the exhibition match can take advantage of the current Instant Savings promotion, offering up to $300 off air-inclusive package bookings of 6 nights or longer and up to $200 off four or five night packages. Packages can be booked on www.bahamas.com from April 1 – May 20, 2013 and are valid on travel from April 8 – November 3, 2013*. Tickets for the match are available now and can be purchased online at www.nsa-bahamas.com, by calling 242-325-0376 or they can be purchased directly from the Box Office at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.
The match is the first time a Premier League Club will play in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and will mark one of the major events in the new 15,000-seat stadium as well as in the year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of independence. The stadium is part of the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, an ongoing redevelopment plan on its 450 acres that will eventually include an athletes’ village, new baseball and softball fields and stadiums and a new indoor multiplex.