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Hong Kong Kai Tak Sports Park Dec 2020 update Image: Kai Tak Sports Park

The Kai Tak Sports Park team today released updated renderings highlighting the design progress of the most anticipated sports facility in Hong Kong. The Populous-designed Sports Park will be one of the world’s leading multipurpose sports and entertainment precincts.

Kai Tak Sports Park is a fully integrated sports, leisure and entertainment destination that will be up and running in 2023. 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 will come armed with a 50,000-seat main stadium boasting 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.

“We are excited to be able to share new images of Kai Tak Sports Park, to paint the picture of these world-class facilities for the community as well as for international visitors to Hong Kong,” stated Richard Breslin, Senior Principal and Director, Populous.

Breslin added, “Nothing of the scale or level of integration between community, sports, entertainment and retail facilities designed for Kai Tak Sports Park exists anywhere else in the world.”

The iconic location with sweeping views of the harbor and a rich history has influenced the design that the team is working hard to deliver. Kai Tak Sports Park is designed to be a unique destination with futuristic facilities and a thriving precinct for the community to enjoy day after day.

Hong Kong Kai Tak Sports Park Dec 2020 updateImage: Kai Tak Sports Park

A press release sent out by Kai Tak Sports Park stated, “We are excited to release the latest renderings of the Kai Tak Sports Park, highlighting the design progress of the most anticipated sports facility in Hong Kong. As a pioneering design, build and operate project in Hong Kong, the design team Populous has had the opportunity to work closely with the future operator, ASM Global, from an early stage to ensure the best experience for patrons and long-term viability for Kai Tak Sports Park. These new images of the main stadium and main plaza, nestled beside the harbor at Kowloon Bay, are a good example of the benefits of having the operator embedded in the design process from the outset.”

The release added, “The canopy above the main plaza links the main stadium with the indoor sports center, creating a large outdoor event space with the flexibility in power, technology and services to host a range of temporary events and festivals. The central opening in the canopy roof provides a view to the main stadium, helping to create a sense of anticipation as patrons arrive at the heart of the precinct.”

Darren Burden, Executive Director, ASM Global, noted, “Kai Tak Sports Park will transform the sports landscape in Hong Kong. ASM Global will bring world class sports and entertainment events and deliver an outstanding experience to fans and clients alike. The new renders provide a tantalizing glimpse as to what that experience will look and feel like and we can’t wait to start delivering events.”

The latest updates include several design enhancements, including a canopy that has been added above the main plaza which will enable to:

  • Provide a large, flexible outdoor space for events and festivals;
  • Provide a view to the main stadium; and
  • Create a sense of anticipation as patrons arrive at the heart of the precinct.

 

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Hong Kong Kai Tak Sports Park Dec 2020 updateImage: Kai Tak Sports Park

The release further stated that the Kai Tak Sports Park is the place to discover and experience the very best in sports, leisure and entertainment, and will sit right in the heart of Hong Kong.

The fully integrated sports park will be the largest sports infrastructure in Hong Kong. It is located within easy reach from the Greater Bay Area and is designed to bring people together through world class sports and entertainment events.

Kai Tak Sports Park is designed around a sports avenue that runs through the precinct for easy navigation and accessibility to all parts of the Sports Park. It will end at a harbor front promenade with spectacular Victoria Harbour views. A network of elevated walkways will also connect Kai Tak Sports Park with the neighborhood and transportation hubs. These enhancements will ensure that Kai Tak Sports Park is a state-of-the-art facility for Hong Kong and the world.

The release further informed that the centerpiece of the whole development is a 50,000 seat main stadium inspired by Hong Kong’s reputation as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’. It features a fully retractable roof, a flexible pitch system and a South Stand window overlooking Victoria Harbour.

Sitting next to the main stadium is the indoor sports center with the flexibility to host community sports and events of up to 10,000 seats. Eighty percent of the seats in the main arena are retractable, allowing the public to use up to 40 badminton courts.

A public sports ground designed for community sports, sports days, training sessions and domestic competitions will also be offered at Kai Tak Sports Park together with 5,000 spectator seats. It will be opened to the public for free on non-event days.

These venues will be complemented with extensive public open spaces for events and leisure together with retail, a health and wellness center, a bowling alley and harbor front dining spaces, the release concluded.

Hong Kong Kai Tak Sports Park Dec 2020 updateImage: Kai Tak Sports Park

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