Kai Tak Sports Park groundbreaking ceremony held
The groundbreaking ceremony for Kai Tak Sports Park was held on April 23 to mark the commencement of the construction of Hong Kong’s new state-of-the-art multipurpose sports complex that will accelerate the advancement of sport in China’s Special Administrative Region (SAR), according to a media statement on the sports park’s official website.
Kai Tak Sports Park is poised to become Hong Kong’s biggest sports venue with world-class sports facilities and leisure spaces that are accessible to the whole population and international visitors. Purpose-built to host an extensive portfolio of international, regional, and local events, as well as a full range of community sports and activities, Kai Tak Sports Park will support the government’s aims to promote sports in the community, champion elite sports, and enhance Hong Kong’s reputation as a center for major international sports events. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2023.
Officiating the groundbreaking ceremony, HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam reiterated that Kai Tak Sports Park is the government’s most important investment in sports infrastructure in recent decades. After many years of careful planning, the project has now been given the green light to commence construction.
Lam said that Kai Tak Sports Park will attract a bigger roster of regional and international sports events to the city which is in line with the city’s drive to promote sports for all; and that the government will continue to develop programmes as well as allocate resources that will strengthen the sporting ecosystem in Hong Kong.
The Chairman of Kai Tak Sports Park Limited, Dr. 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.”
Global architectural design firm Populous has created a masterplan for Kai Tak Sports Park that will see the 28-hectare site being developed into an urban oasis which integrates high-quality sports venues with retail, wellness, recreational and community spaces.
Nestled in a parkland setting with Hong Kong’s iconic Lion Rock as a backdrop, the precinct revolves around the bold and unique Kai Tak Sports Avenue. This indoor and outdoor pedestrian walk starts at Station Square and takes patrons all the way through the immense site; connecting key facilities with the Dining Cove which overlooks Victoria Harbour – one of the most recognizable views in the world.
Taking centerstage in Kai Tak Sports Park will be the main stadium, with a “Pearl of the Orient” façade design theme, which will accommodate 50,000 spectators. With a retractable roof, the main stadium will be purpose-built to host a myriad of sports events in any weather and can also be used for other activities such as concerts, exhibitions and carnivals.
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