The absence of the North Stand may save the National Carnival Commission significant money, but without a viable alternative, it may cost Pan Trinbago millions in ticket revenue.
President of Pan Trinbago Beverley Ramsey-Moore told the Guardian in a phone interview that the decision to scrap the North Stand most directly affected her organisation, as apart from regular patrons, several companies negotiate packages with Pan Trinbago concerning the North Stand for Panorama.
"We stand to lose if the North Park is constructed as proposed.
"I have raised it with NCC, I have raised it also with my staff and we expect that whatever design is put forward will ensure that Pan Trinbago's events are not affected," said Ramsey-Moore, who said that she understood and welcomed change but that it should not come at the expense of pan as the other interest groups would not be as greatly affected as Pan Trinbago.
She said that she met plans for the North Park in her very first meeting as a member of the NCC board.
Ramsey-Moore explained the plans to scrap the North Stand had already been decided, and upon learning of this she raised her concerns about the plan to scrap the North Stand and use a "North Park" instead.
"The North Stand was able to hold seven to eight thousand persons, and the North Park as it was proposed in its design would have challenges to hold that," said Ramsey-Moore in a phone interview.
NCC Chairman Winston 'Gypsy' Peters announced last week that the North Stand was set to be scrapped in 2019 amid cost concerns.
He said it cost $4 million to construct, maintain, and dismantle the structure over the Carnival period.
However, the North Stand has consistently been one of the major revenue earners for Pan Trinbago. Last year, tickets for the North Stand for Panorama semi-finals were sold at $350. This means a sold-out North Stand could have earned $2.8 m for that event from tickets sale alone.
The Pan Trinbago president said at the next meeting of the NCC board, a proposal will be shown to Pan Trinbago concerning the North Park and Panorama.
NEW HOME FOR PAN BODY
Meanwhile, after some uncertainty, Pan Trinbago has settled into a new home thanks to the generosity of Senior Counsel Israel Khan.
On October 31, the new Pan Trinbago president and her executive came to get their instruments of appointment and found an extra letter addressed to them.
A letter of possible eviction from businessman Ricky Amar, after it was found the country's pan authority had failed to pay rent at the Victoria Park Suite office for four months and had owed $250,000 in arrears.
More than a month later, Pan Trinbago has moved into a smaller office on the corner of Melbourne and Duke streets, through the generosity of Khan.
Pan Trinbago, the Guardian learnt, will not pay rent for the office until December 2019.
Mrs Ramsey-Moore described Khan as a "Good Samaritan" and added that the relocation allowed the organisation to move away from the group's troubles under the previous executive.
Ramsey-Moore explained that the executive was also working on handling outstanding payments for employees, which had also proved a challenge over the past year under the previous executive.
Former president Keith Diaz said these arrears were due to several government organisations failing to pay monies to the pan body.
The new Pan Trinbago executive was elected on October 28.