A proposed multimillion-dollar sports complex at Kai Tak could become another costly project where the maintenance, is likely to be out of proportion to its usefulness lawmakers have warned.
The government is seeking HK$62.7 million for pre-construction work on the multipurpose complex, including for a consultant to prepare technical specifications and conceptual drawings for the main works and a quantity surveying consultant to review the costs.
Pre-construction work has been planned to take place in this quarter.
The plans for the complex include a 50,000-seat stadium with a retractable roof, a 5,000-seat sports ground and a 4,000-seat indoor sports center.
At the Legislative Council’s public works subcommittee meeting yesterday, the Democratic Party’s Wu Chi-wai said he fears the complex would be used more as a concert venue rather than for sports.
New People’s Party lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun said given the low usage rate of Hong Kong Stadium, he doubts whether the proposed 50,000-seat stadium would fare any better.
“We built the Hong Kong Coliseum, which is a sports stadium, but during the past several years, only a small number of sports events have been held there,” Tien said.
In reply, Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs Jonathan McKinley admitted the usage rate of Hong Kong Stadium is disappointing.
“For Hong Kong Stadium itself, there were roughly 30 event days per year, approximately 80 percent of those, I think, are sports related.”
He said more than 40 types of events can be held at the Kai Tak complex such as entertainment and cultural events, shows, exhibitions, fairs and carnivals among others.
“These events cannot currently be held at Hong Kong Stadium due to size limitations,” McKinley said.
No vote was taken and the issue will be discussed again at the next subcommittee meeting