[Tiong Road Special News]The reconstruction project of the Nanhua Club Sports Ground, which lasted for nearly 9 years, was completed at the end of last year and was named “South China Club-Jockey Club Sports Field”. Nearly a year after the completion of the reconstruction, the South China Association held an unveiling ceremony for athletes today (26th), and introduced artificial grass courts, golf driving ranges, covered beach volleyball courts, tennis courts and sky jogging trails to the outside world. South China Club Vice Chairman Lu Yunsen revealed that even if the football club is about to use a new stadium, there is no plan to re-promote to the Hong Kong Super League for the time being. “The timetable for promotion is very passive. I would like to participate, but it is not yet time.”
South China Games Stadium was built in1934Year to1953Yearly expanded to accommodate12000Stadium for spectators.But among them3Face to the stand90It was demolished in the years, and the grass was used for golf practice from time to time, and it was rarely used for football matches.South China Club9Received a donation from the Jockey Club Charities Trust Fund last year1100 million700010,000 yuan to rebuild the stadium, but the project was eventually delayed5It was not completed until the end of last year.Stadium this year5In the month of the month, the famous friendly match “examination field” was held, and famous players who had played for South China, such as Li Jianhe, Santos, Gu Jinhui, and Qiu Jianwei, also fell on the court.
Nearly a year after the completion, the South China Club held an opening ceremony at the stadium today. Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Secretary for Home Affairs Xu Yingwei, Sports Commissioner Yang Deqiang, South China Club and Jockey Club senior officials, as well as the South China Club various athletes and celebrities attended. In her speech, Carrie Lam praised the South China Association for contributing to the local sports arena in the past century. She also mentioned that the central government accepted its invitation and received a three-day visit from the Chinese Olympic team to Hong Kong.
The reconstruction project was finally delayed for nearly 5 years before its completion. Lu Runsen, the vice chairman of the South China Association, who is also the vice chairman of the Funding Project Committee, admitted frankly that the completion date was beyond the owner’s control. The course can be reopened as soon as possible: “Golf has always been South China’s heavier income item, and we all want to use the course to make the public have a deeper understanding of the South China Club. So it took Hong Zuhang and I for half a year to use this piece of material. Choose.” He revealed that in addition to the 170 million yuan allocated by the Jockey Club, the South China Association also personally invested about 200 million yuan. However, the rebuilt grass court still has to co-exist with the golf practice fairway. The golf course is only open until 4 pm every day, and will become a golf practice range after dusk. Lu Yunsen explained: “We need to balance member preferences and income sources. Football Golf and golf are both items that members like, but it is rare to see members who come to play golf in the morning, so opening the driving range at 4 o’clock is a good compromise.”
Even if a new stadium is completed, Lu Runsen pointed out5The pre-season football team has no plan to re-enter the Shanghai Super League: “We want to do it in Group A first, and try to attract fans here. The timetable for promotion is very passive. If the Hong Kong Super League has multiple teams Of course many people will want to participate.” He emphasized that South China will start with football and must have the idea of returning to the top league, but it still depends on the atmosphere of the football circle: “The FA also communicated with us before, and we also said Don’t obliterate the opportunity for promotion, but it’s still not the time. The new CEO of the FA is really working hard, but sometimes it’s sad to see only a few hundred people enter the stadium.” Lu Runsen also revealed that Nanhua had asked the State Sports General Administration many times in the past. It is possible to play in the Chinese mainland league, but the other party asked, “You play, so happy garden, and Kuaiyitong count?”.
The coach of the football team Gu Jinhui said that he would try to apply for the team to play in the new stadium, but revealed that the team has not practiced here: “Because the players have jobs, but here4Golf is going to be played from time to time, so it is still not open for football team training, and will discuss with the sports association again. He also said that the artificial grass has a similar feel to real grass, and is more comfortable than rubber artificial grass.
The rebuilt “South China Club-Jockey Club Stadium” mainly has 5 key facilities. Among them, the lawn of the artificial grass court is paved with permeable synthetic grass and uses organic infill particles, which is professionally certified by the FIFA and International Rugby Association. The golf driving range has 50 teeing lanes, 2 sand pools, outdoor greens and training areas. There are covered beach volleyball courts and tennis courts on the second floor. The sand volleyball court is the only covered court in Hong Kong. It can also be converted into a multi-purpose venue by installing split floors. The aerial circular jogging track on the rooftop is 60 meters long and has 7 tracks in total, using materials of the same level as the Tokyo National Arena in Japan.
Photo and text: Mai Jingzhi
This article was originally published by “Tilu Sportsroad” in “South China Games Sports Ground Reconstruction Nearly Nine Years Ended with a Simulated Grass Court with Sandy Volleyball Court”