Kai Tak Sports Park in Hong Kong breaks ground

WCN Editorial Team 24 Apr 2019 ASIA BUILDINGS

Ground has been broken on the new multipurpose sports complex, Kai Tak Sports Park, in Hong Kong.

To be located near Hong Kong’s iconic Lion Rock, the sports complex will become the country’s biggest sports venue upon completion in 2023.

The sports complex is touted to be purpose-built to host a wide range of international, regional and local sporting events along with a full range community sports and activities.

Kai Tak Sports Park will be built on 28-hectare site and is slated to become an urban oasis, where high-quality sports venues with retail, wellness, recreational and community spaces could all be integrated.

The main stadium, nicknamed 'Pearl of the Orient', will become the centrestage at the sports complex. The façade will be designed to accommodate about 50,000 spectators.

With a retractable roof, the main stadium is claimed to host a myriad of sports events in any weather and can also be used for other activities such as concerts, exhibitions and carnivals.

The pitch of the main stadium can be switched flexibly between quality natural turf for premier football or rugby events, to other surface materials for specific sports events or cultural and entertainment activities. It will also be ideal for hosting rage of entertainment events and activities that cater to different crowd sizes.

The Indoor Sports Centre will include a main arena with seating for 10,000 people, where 80% of the seats are either retractable or removable and a 500-seat ancillary sports hall.

The main arena and ancillary sports hall are claimed to take up an equivalent space of 12 standard basketball courts when all spectator seats are removed.

Kai Tak Sports Park chairman Adrian Cheng Chi-kong said: “Kai Tak Sports Park delivers the infrastructure to support the Government’s long-term strategy for sports development in Hong Kong.

“We have brought together the world’s best designers, builders and operators for the Kai Tak Sports Park project. It will set a world benchmark for sports and entertainment precincts, and serve as a vibrant destination for local, regional as well as international sports events.

“I am excited to witness the groundbreaking of Kai Tak Sports Park and look forward to creating the stage for international sports events where local elite athletes can excel, and where the community can come together for sports activities and recreation.”

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Image: Artist’s illustration of the Kai Tak Sports Park. Photo: Courtesy of POPULOUS.

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