Kai Tak Sports Park Main Stadium
|Target capacity||50 000|
|Category||Construction in progress|
|Cost||HK$ 29.9 billion ($ 3.8 billion) – entire estate|
|Contractor||Hip Hing Engineering|
Kai Tak Sports Park Main Stadium – construction description
What is being built in place of Kai Tak Airport?
The former Kai Tak Airport will be replaced by a new sports complex designed by Populous, which will include Hong Kong's largest stadium with a capacity of 50,000. The project will also include a 10,000-seat indoor arena and a community stadium with athletics track and stands for 5,000 people. The design also includes retail spaces, squares, car parks, a recreational park, etc.
How will the new stadium in Hong Kong relate to the "Pearl of the Orient"?
The main arena will be designed primarily for football and rugby. The pitch will be surrounded by stands consisting of two tiers (except on the south side, where there will be no second tier and, thanks to the glass facade, some spectators will have a view of the nearby bay). The building will be in the form of a closed, uniform architectural structure. The stands will be entirely covered with a canopy, and thanks to movable roof sections it will also be possible to fully enclose the arena. From the outside (except for the glazed southern part) the building will be covered with a colourful shimmering surface to resemble the "Pearl of the Orient" (as Hong Kong is often called).
How is the construction of Kai Tak Stadium progressing?
A ground-breaking ceremony was held on April 23, 2019, with Hip Hing Engineering as the main contractor. The construction cost is expected to be HK$29.9 billion. Completion was originally scheduled for June 2023, and it was reported that there would be very high fines for the contractor if the deadline was not met. However, in mid-2022, it was reported that the facility would not be ready until late 2024 due to delays.