Taichung OKs NT$2.8 bil. to fund arena construction
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taichung has approved a budget of NT$2.8 billion for building a major indoor multipurpose stadium that can house 15,000 spectators, its deputy mayor revealed yesterday.
December 29, 2012, 12:05 am TWN
Construction of the stadium in Beitun District is scheduled to start in 2014 and be completed in three years, said Deputy Mayor Hsiao Chia-chi, adding that the capacity of the facility is comparable to the Taipei Arena, dubbed the “Little Big Egg,” in the capital city.
Citizens of the central city have been asking for their own “Little Big Egg” to house sporting events, as well as concerts and other major cultural activities.
The deputy mayor said the city government will start inviting bidders to the project in the first half of 2013, with an aim to build a new landmark for Taichung.
The designated site, a plot of land with an area of over 5 hectares, is currently in a cultural zone, but it will be rezoned to facilitate the sports stadium, Hsiao said, adding that there will also be a shopping mall with restaurants.
Management of the stadium will be outsourced to the private sector, he added.