Caddies in Kai Tak Sports Park top slot


ASM Global appoints groundsman for Kai Tak Sports Park Image: ASM Global

Malcolm Caddies, Grounds Manager at the ASM Global-managed iconic 52,500-capacity Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, has been announced as General Manager of Sports Turf and Landscape at Kai Tak Sports Park in Hong Kong.

‘ASM Global’ stated that Caddies, renowned for his ability to deliver a first-class pitch for multiple World Cup Tournaments and back-to-back international sporting events, will take up his position at the ASM Global-managed Kai Tak Sports Park, Hong Kong, in October.

Los Angeles (US)-based ASM Global is the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences. It is the global leader in venue and event strategy and management – delivering locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to achieve maximum results for venue owners. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 350 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, performing arts venues, and convention and exhibition centers.

ASM Global (Asia Pacific) has its regional headquarters in Brisbane, Australia, and operates a network of venues that include entertainment and sports arenas in places like Sydney, Brisbane, Bangkok, and Saudi Arabia. It also boasts live performance theaters in Kuala Lumpur, Bahrain and Jeddah.

The Kai Tak Sports Park (KTSP) is a fully integrated sports, leisure and entertainment destination that is expected to be completed in 2023-2024. The 280,000 square meter park will be part of the redevelopment on the site of the old Hong Kong International Airport in Kai Tak. The park features a 50,000-seat main stadium with a retractable roof, an indoor sports arena with the flexibility to host community sports and events of up to 10,000 seats and a public sports ground with a capacity of 5,000 seats. These venues will be complemented with extensive outdoor areas for events and leisure together with retail and harbor front dining spaces.

James Irvine, Director, Commercial, Kai Tak Sports Park, Hong Kong, is a Member of Coliseum – Global Sports Venue Alliance.

‘ASM Global’ further stated that Hong Kong’s state-of-the-art multipurpose sports precinct, built on the site of the former Kai Tak Airport in Kowloon, is set for completion in the second half of 2024.

Harvey Lister AM, Chairman and head honcho of ASM Global (Asia Pacific), said that Malcolm’s appointment was recognition of his professionalism and dedication during his 19 years at the Suncorp Stadium – “The Kai Tak Sports Park is set to be one of the greatest sporting precincts in the world and this appointment will highlight Malcolm’s skills in being able to accommodate all sporting codes, delivering world-class pitches for international competition. The appointment illustrates the value of the ASM Global Advantage. Malcolm applied for this role amongst a strong field of international candidates, and this is proof of ASM Global’s commitment to create rewarding careers for our people.”

ASM Global’s Executive Director at Kai Tak Sports Park, Darren Burden, said it was a privilege to welcome Caddies to the outstanding team responsible for delivering one of the world’s greatest sporting venues -“Malcolm has a fantastic reputation and will no doubt make an invaluable contribution to the success and performance of the Sports Park. I believe his extraordinary knowledge, experience and skills as an internationally acclaimed groundsman will bring unique qualities to the role and very much look forward to welcoming him to Hong Kong.”

Caddies said he was extremely proud of all that he and his team achieved at the Suncorp Stadium – “Kai Tak Sports Park is an incredible project and I am looking forward to playing my part in making it an enormous success on the world stage.”

Caddies’ new role at Kai Tak Sports Park will involve leading the operation and management of the sports fields and landscape at the Sports Park, as well as managing an offsite Turf Farm. Initially, he will work with the design-and-build team to oversee and advise on the construction and operation of the playing surfaces in the Main Stadium and Public Sports Grounds.

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