Not suitable concert venue

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 August, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 August, 1998, 12:00am

Recent press photos indicate that the grass pitch at the Hong Kong Stadium has improved.

It is important that this improvement is maintained, although a lot will depend on how the stadium is used in future. Of course, it is okay for the pitch to be used for sports events, especially soccer and rugby matches.

However, it should not be used for staging concerts. This rule is applied in many top soccer stadiums abroad. Concerts are not allowed, for example, at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United. More than 50 matches are played at Old Trafford every season, both first-team and reserve matches, and yet the pitch is always kept in a perfect condition.

If concerts were allowed the pitch would suffer. The heavy equipment used for concerts puts far more pressure on the grass than football boot studs.

Some people might argue that it would be a waste of money if the stadium was only used for sports, but I disagree.

When world-class footballers visit Hong Kong, they should be able to play on a quality surface.

Even top players like the Brazilian Leonardo cannot give their best performance if the playing surface is substandard. Musical concerts should be held at other venues, such as the Hong Kong Coliseum.