A £3 million redevelopment at the King George V Bowl stadium in Douglas has begun.

The 3,000-seater stadium is being refurbished ready for the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games which will be held on the Isle of Man.

The Bowl will host the opening ceremony and the Rugby Sevens.

A new synthetic pitch and seating will be installed as part of the refurbishment.

Project director, Mike Ball, said: "It's going to be broader, it's going to have more covering, right the way along one side and into the corners, that will give us a fraction under 1,000 covered seats.

"The pitch area will be slightly narrower, as we're going to push it forward to get better viewing lines.

"The synthetic surface is approved by the International Rugby Board for international competition. It is approved by FIFA for football competition, up to and including European Championship level," he added.

Other events will be held at the Villa Marina and The National Sports Centre.

Posted on 23/07/2010