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Taiwan baseball stadium design contest opens

Taiwan’s Tainan City Government has launched an open international contest for a 30-hectare baseball stadium and training complex.

Located in the city’s coastal Annan District, the project will deliver a new 25,000-capacity ‘international standard’ stadium with administrative and broadcasting facilities.

A second ‘deputy’ stadium and two little league arenas will also be delivered on the 30-hectare site, which is opposite the National Museum of Taiwan History.

Other planned facilities for the project include a gym, training pitches, dressing area and public spaces.

Located in southern Taiwan, Tainan is already home to the Uni-President Lions baseball team and is also the birthplace of several of the country’s most famous baseball players.

According to the Brief:

The city’s baseball participants and fans are growing up to hundreds of thousands, and it apparently has become the baseball development centre of Taiwan.

The project aims to provide one of the best baseball training centres and venues for international competitions for the professional, national and amateur baseball teams.

Judges include duty mayor of Tainan City Government Tseng Shu-cheng and Populous founder Rod Sheard.

The overall winner – set to be announced on 28 January – will receive priority in discussions over the project’s design and build contract.

A second place prize of £30,000, third place prize worth £20,000 and two further £16,000 prizes will also be awarded.

The deadline for applications is 9am local time on 15 January.