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Kai Tak Sports Park plans take shape

The developers of the Kai Tak Sports Park in Hong Kong have released details of how the 28-hectare park could look.

At the same time, the government is seeking HK$32 billion (US $4.1 billion) from the legislature to help build the huge sports park.

The Kai Tak Sports Park will be located on the former site of the Kai Tak airport in South East Kowloon.

In documents submitted to the Legislative Council’s Finance Committee, the government indicated it will apply for HK$32 billion in the second quarter.

It hopes to start building work on the park next year for completion in 2022.

The current Design, Build and Operate scheme includes a 50,000-seat, retractable roofed stadium, a public sports ground with seats for at least 5,000 and an indoor arena with 10,000 seats.

The main stadium in Kai Tak Sports Park would host at least 10 football matches annually, as well as around 30 concerts and other events.

Offices and hotel accommodation will be procured under a separate contract.

The cost estimated by the Home Affairs Bureau in September 2014 was HK$25 billion. The HK$32 billion is the estimated cost to pay in 2022.