The 100th operation test for the retractable roof of the KTSP Main Stadium has successfully completed

May 7, 2021

The 100th operation test of the retractable roof driving system of the Kai Tak Sports Park’s Main Stadium has successfully completed in Japan on April 15, 2021.  On the same day, the project team conducted an online cross-regional field test with 5G technology for the first time.  The teams in Hong Kong, Germany and the United Kingdom all appeared on the scene, witnessing this important milestone simultaneously with the Japan team, and celebrating success of the final testing.


Ensuring the quality even under the pandemic

After completion of the test, Mr. Takashi Takayanagi, Managing Director of Yokogawa System Build Corp., who is responsible for the driving system of the Main Stadium retractable roof, expressed in his speech his gratitude to each team member for their outstanding performance and collaboration, making the manufacturing and testing of the driving system successful even under the impact of the epidemic. “We had encountered considerable challenges during the design and assembly process as a result of the epidemic, but we were determined to overcome the challenges together and each team member had endeavoured to stood fast on their positions, ensuring the final testing was completed of a high standard,” he admitted.


Simulating the actual operation of the retractable roof

As the testing of the retractable roof was held in Japan, the project team had to simulate the actual environment of the Kai Tak Sport Park in order to optimize test fidelity and solve the likely foreseeable problems in advance.  For example, in the unforeseeable circumstance when the Main Stadium’s roof is experiencing wind resistance during the process of opening or closing, causing part of the system, the control of a “truck-like” bogie being affected.  Therefore, the project team had to simulate the wind speed and force by using a special hydraulic device to create relative resistance for the testing in order to ensure proper operation during actual wind condition.


Mr. Eric Lau, Construction Project Director of Hip Hing Engineering Company Limited, expressed his gratitude to the project team for their effort during the ceremony. “This is the first time to carry out testing with the 5G technology.” Mr. Michael Chu, Senior Engineer (Recreation and Sport) of the Home Affairs Bureau also expressed his heartfelt thanks to the project team bravely facing the challenges and finished the test. He said “we understand that our team members had faced numerous difficulties under the pandemic, it is glad that the team has finally overcome the challenges and finished the 100 rounds operation testing satisfactorily as stated in the contract requirement.”


“We are looking forward to seeing the system to be installed in Kai Tak Sports Park. Our team will come to Hong Kong and do the final testing and installation with the Hong Kong team in person, to ensure the smooth operation of the system.” said Mr. Tomoo Miyata, Project Manager of Yokogawa System Build Corp., and the system will be prepared to ship to Hong Kong.


Commuting and Accessibility

The project site of the Kai Tak Sports Park takes an area of around 28 hectares in the north apron of the former airport.

Kai Tak Station and Sung Wong Toi Station are within 10 minutes’ walk; with Station Square connecting these stations to Kai Tak Sports Park.

Pedestrian walkways
Pedestrian walkways will connect the Kai Tak Sports Park to new developments in To Kwa Wan, Ma Tau Kok, Kowloon City and Kai Tak districts.

Kai Tak Sports Park is located near two public transport interchanges.

Kai Tak Sports Park is located near Kowloon City Ferry Pier.

The precinct provides ample public parking spaces.

*Final designs are subject to change.


Other Features

Sports and Leisure facilities to be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities, all day, every day.

The 14-hectare open space will cater to a diverse range of user groups from community and participatory sports, active recreation, and sports events. It is composed of a rich tapestry of activity and education zones, galleries, trails and elements that honor the iconic Kai Tak Airport and heritage.

Sports Avenue
The Sports Avenue runs across the entire precinct from North to South, offering connections from the adjacent Station Square the Kai Tak and Sung Wong Toi MTR Stations, and through to the harbourfront promenade.

Main Plaza
Located in the heartbeat of the precinct, the Main Plaza can be used for community recreation activities or events. The canopy over the Main Plaza is designed to provide abundant shade for visitors during event and crowd dispersal, and underneath the Main Plaza, a sub-podium passageway will offer an additional visitor dispersal route during events.

Event Village
Located east of the Main Stadium, the Event Village offers a mix of lawn and concrete floor surfaces suitable for different sports activities or extension programmes for major events.

South Plaza
Located in the southern part of the precinct, the South Plaza offers an open-air multi-purpose space for a wide range of activities inclusive of trails and activity zones. The South Plaza connects the harbourfront promenade through an outdoor amphitheatre-like terrace.

Neighbourhood Park
The Neighbourhood Park at the northeastern corner of the precinct will be equipped with courts for ball games as well as a cycling track, a jogging trail, a children’s playground and a lawn for recreation.

Dining Cove
The Dining Cove which overlooks the Victoria Harbour will offer a diverse range of food and beverage options.

In addition to restaurants, retail shops, and a health and wellness centre, there will be an international-standard bowling centre with 40 lanes suitable for hosting international tournaments.
*Final designs are subject to change.


Major Venues

A wide variety of international standard sports facilities suitable for both professional and amateur athletes.

Main Stadium
A Main Stadium with a fixed seating capacity of 50,000, with the theme “Pearl of the Orient” as its design inspiration, it boasts a retractable roof and flexible pitch surface that can host a wide range of international, regional and local events in any weather.
The facility has been designed to meet the standards of major international events with customisable staging and seating configurations that cater to various events and crowd sizes. It also adopts a flexible pitch system which can be switched between quality natural turf for premier football or rugby events, to other surface for a myriad of sports, entertainment, and community events. The South Stand honours the great Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tradition, with a vast activity platform set against a panoramic glass wall that provides exceptional views toward Victoria Harbour.

Indoor Sports Centre
An Indoor Sports Centre with a seating capacity of up to 10,000, with 80% of the seats retractable or removable that caters for different events. The venue has been designed to meet the standard of major international tournaments including badminton, basketball, gymnastics, tennis and table tennis. The ancillary sports hall offers a seating capacity of up to 500.
With the use of different arena overlay floor surfaces and removable spectator seating system, the venue can be configured for different sports activities, from elite competitions to community use. Together, the main arena and ancillary sports hall can provide the equivalent space of 12 standard basketball courts for community use when all spectator seats are removed.

Public Sports Ground
A Public Sports Ground with a seating capacity of 5,000, suitable for hosting school sports days, athletics meets, local football and rugby matches, as well as team and athlete training sessions. With the exception of major events, the Public Sports Ground will be open daily to the public for jogging and quali-walk free of charge.
*Final designs are subject to change.