Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Sports Park will serve to integrate sports, businesses and the community like nowhere else on earth, said its designer after releasing the latest renderings of the city’s biggest-ever sporting infrastructure project. The 28-hectare Park on the site of the former Hong Kong International Airport is due to be completed in late 2023, providing a 50,000-seater main stadium, 10,000-capacity indoor arena and a 5,000-seat sports ground – along with retail space and leisure facilities. “We are excited to be able to share new images of Kai Tak Sports Park, to paint the picture of these world-class facilities for the community as well as for international visitors to Hong Kong,” said Richard Breslin, senior principal & director of Populous – the architecture firm appointed to design the complex. “Nothing of the scale or level of integration between community, sports, entertainment and retail facilities designed for Kai Tak Sports Park exists anywhere else in the world.” The renderings, released this week, highlights the design progress of the project, which they say will be one of the world’s leading multipurpose sports and entertainment precincts when completed. The iconic location offers sweeping harbour views and its rich history has influenced the design. Populous promises that Kai Tak Sports Park will be a unique destination with world-class facilities and a thriving precinct for the community to enjoy. The company is working closely with the future operator, ASM Global, to ensure the best experience for patrons and long-term viability for Kai Tak Sports Park. These new images of the Main Stadium and Main Plaza, nestled beside the harbour at Kowloon Bay, are a good example of the benefits of having the operator embedded in the design process from the outset. The canopy above the Main Plaza links the Main Stadium with the Indoor Sports Centre, creating a large outdoor event space with the flexibility in power, technology and services to host a range of temporary events and festivals. The central opening in the canopy roof provides a view to the Main Stadium. Darren Burden, executive director of ASM Global said: “Kai Tak Sports Park will transform the sports landscape in Hong Kong. ASM Global will bring world-class sports and entertainment events and deliver an outstanding experience to fans and clients alike. The new renders provide a tantalising glimpse as to what that experience will look and feel like and we can’t wait to start delivering events.” The Park is designed around a Sports Avenue that runs through the precinct for easy navigation and accessibility to all parts of the complex. It will end at a harbourfront promenade with spectacular Victoria Harbour views. A network of elevated walkways will also connect Kai Tak Sports Park with the neighbourhood and transport hubs. The centre piece Main Stadium inspired by Hong Kong’s reputation as the “Pearl of the Orient” will boast a fully retractable roof, a flexible pitch system and a South Stand window overlooking Victoria Harbour. Next to the Main Stadium is the Indoor Sports Centre with the flexibility to host community sports and events of up to 10,000 seats. Eighty per cent of the seats in the main arena are retractable, allowing the public to use up to 40 badminton courts. A Public Sports Ground designed for community sports, sports days, training sessions and domestic competitions will also be offered with 5,000 spectator seats. It will be opened to the public for free on non-event days. These venues will be complemented by extensive public open spaces for events and leisure together with retail, a health and wellness centre, a bowling alley and harbourfront dining spaces.