Bahamas 2017 Venues
Located on New Providence Island, Nassau is the capital city of the Bahamas and houses 70% of the country’s entire population. The tropical climate and natural beauty of the Bahamas have made Nassau a popular tourist destination.
The Bahamas have hosted several recent international sporting events including the IAAF Athletics World Relay Championships and the 2017 Beach Soccer World Cup.
Venues for the nine sports on the programme, with the exception of Road Cycling, are in one cluster and within easy walking distance of each other. This set-up created a ‘Games Hub’ with cultural activities also taking place around the venues.
Swimming events took place at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Swim Complex, adjacent to the Thomas Robinson Stadium. The complex opened in 2001 and has received Olympic, international and CARIFTA certification. It has hosted the CARIFTA Games and the National Swimming Championships.
Athletics & Opening & Closing Ceremonies
Thomas Robinson Stadium, with a capacity of 15,000 people, hosted the Athletics competition as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Currently used mostly for football matches, the stadium has hosted the IAAF Athletics World Relay Championships since 2014.
Beach Soccer players at the Bahamas Youth Games took advantage of the Bahamas Football Association facility constructed for the 2017 Beach Soccer World Cup.
A temporary Beach Volleyball facility was constructed to host the competition and was situated at the centre of the Bahamas 2017 venue cluster.
Boxing & Judo
The Sir Kendal G.L. Issacs Gymnasium (KGLIG) is a multi-purpose facility located at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, and is the primary venue for Basketball games in New Providence. The Gymnasium was converted to host the Boxing and Judo events and it was able to accommodate 2,100 spectators. A new wooden sprung floor was recently installed, which was used at the Youth Games
The Road Cycling events were held on New Providence roads.
The Rugby Sevens tournament took place on the pitch in the centre of the Athletics warm up track, situated adjacent to the Thomas Robinson Stadium.
The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association National Tennis Centre has nine championship courts and had undergone development and refurbishment ahead of the Bahamas 2017 Youth Games.