The government says it has identified a place to relocate Hurricane Irma survivors as the stadium – their current place of abode – prepares to host international cricket.
Sports Minister Paul “Chet” Greene told state media that a location has already been identified for the Barbudans but did not indicate where.
He said the plan is to have them moved out of the stadium by December 31st, 2017 ahead of an inspection of the facility.
“They are due here on the 9th of January for an inspection which is a very critical day for us. That inspection day will establish whether or not we are in a position to truly host,” he said.
The Sir Viv Richards Cricket Ground has been used as a shelter for hundreds of Barbudans since Hurricane Irma devastated the island on September 2017.
Greene said as soon as the Barbudans move out public works will move in to prepare the venue for inspection.
Antigua and Barbuda will host England next year as part of their tour of the West Indies.
Many Barbudans have been unable to go back to the island because their homes have been destroyed by Irma, a category 5 plus storm.