- Published on Monday, 13 February 2017 13:00
- Written by Saigoneer.
Since the end of January, you may have noticed that Saigon’s Phan Dinh Phung Stadium in District 3 has undergone some serious changes.
According to Nguyen Minh Hoang, the stadium’s director, workers are preparing the facility for an extensive upgrade, Nguoi Lao Dong reports. The entire 14,400-square-meter compound will be getting a makeover to ensure the decades-old sports complex is suitable for local and regional tournaments.
The news source also shared that the renovation will start this year and is expected to take 36 months. The new facility will feature two main blocks: a stadium and specialized practice areas.
The main stadium will feature a 40-by-60-meter field with a capacity of 4,000 seats, along with other amenities like offices and ample parking space. The specialized areas include tracks, gyms, and courts for tennis, badminton and basketball, among other sports.
“The accident that happened during the Ho Chi Minh City International Badminton Tournament in 2012 – when parts of the ceiling fell off mid-tournament – was one of the reasons why municipal authorities decided to push for a renovation,” Hoang told the news source.
He also added that after 30 years in operation, the stadium’s current condition is subpar. Built in 1985, Phan Dinh Phung’s main field was constructed in accordance with old standards, with limited space and a lack of equipment that many of today’s sports require.
[Rendering via DAC]