The ground-breaking ceremony for Kai Tak Sports Park was held on 23 April 2019, signalling the commencement of the construction of Hong Kong’s biggest sports venue, as reported by XinHua News.
Located at Kowloon City, the former home to Kai Tak Airport, the Kai Tak Sports Park will see the 28-hectare site being developed into an urban oasis that integrates sports venues with retail, wellness, recreational and community spaces. The park is estimated to be completed in 2023.
Kai Tak Sports Park consists of four key facilities, namely main stadium, indoor sports centre, public sports ground and open spaces. With its design inspired by the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, the main stadium will have a capacity of 50,000 and a retractable roof, making it well suited to host a myriad of sports events in any weather. The Indoor Sports Centre will have 10,000 seats, 80 percent of which would be retractable or removable.
The stadium’s pitch can be flexibly switched among different surfaces for specific events. A vast activity platform will be set against a panoramic glass wall, providing views of the scenic harbour front.
The Kai Tak Development project was initiated in 2007 as one of Hong Kong’s 10 major infrastructure projects. It later underwent revisions with public input. The initial technical feasibility study of the project was completed in 2012.
“When completed, it will play an important role in realising our sports development policy in terms of attracting major international sports events, supporting our elite athletes and promoting community sports,” said Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR Carrie Lam said at the ceremony. — Construction+ Online