Pattaya City Mayor says long under construction Chaiyapruek Stadium 60 percent complete

Pattaya, Chonburi –

A new stadium estimated to have 20,000 seats is now 60 percent complete, according to the Pattaya City Mayor who visited the long under construction stadium late last week.

The Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunploem told Associated Thai Press, “The Chaiyapruek Stadium is inside the Eastern National Sports Training Center in Soi Chaiyapruek 2. It has been under construction for many years (2009, notes The Pattaya News, the stadium construction sat basically idle from 2012-2018) and has suffered multiple delays for various reasons.”

“The construction contract period with the Rama 2-HT Joint Venture Company is being extended as some designs had to be changed due to many obstructions with natural rocks underneath the ground within the construction area.” The Mayor stated.

The Mayor previously stated in early 2020 that the project was roughly 40 percent completed as work was taking place on various grandstands and roofs. The Covid-19 pandemic suspended construction efforts for several months last year as well, according to Pattaya City officials. This was in addition to the previously stated issues with mineral obstructions.

The stadium is aimed to be completed in full in time for the scheduled 2023 Asian Games in Thailand, although the Mayor was optimistic about the overall progress for this year. The Rama 2-HT Joint Venture Company was scheduled to end their contract in 2020 but that has now been extended, according to the Mayor.

The stadium, when complete, is scheduled to host multiple sizes of sports fields, a large parking lot, a swimming pool, a tennis court, food and beverage facilities, and more. The project was given an estimated almost 400 million baht in funding in 2018 to complete the project, which overall is estimated to cost about 775 million baht. The project was originally supposed to be completed in 2012.

The plan to boost the construction period of the stadium and complete the project is due to Pattaya aiming to become a sports tourism hub over the next several years for Thailand.

Story by The Pattaya News

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