The first extreme sports stadium in Thailand on a beach will be built in Pattaya, according to Pattaya City Officials this morning.
The Pattaya City Deputy Mayor Pattana Boonsawat told The Pattaya News at City Hall this morning, “We are planning to build a small extreme sports stadium at the fountain near the beach at the Bali Hai Pier.”
“The president of the Thailand Extreme Sports Association, Mr. Piti Pirompakdee, is our consultant and is helping us with the design.”
“The stadium will be for skateboarding, BMX bicycles, rollerblading, and other street extreme sports. The stadium will be a knockdown/mobile version with multiple ramps and equipment with grandstands for crowd seating.” Pattana explained.
“The sports stadium will also comply with all safety standards. The stadium will be compact at 40*20 meters. The budget will be supported by the National Sports Development Fund.” Pattana added.
“This stadium will be the first extreme sports stadium in Thailand at the beach with beautiful views and complements the extreme interest in skating and other activities at the pier area,” Pattana concluded.
The plan also coincides with sports parks being built under the nearby Bali Hai overpass. This in turn is to meet increasing demand from local youth, primarily, over increasing interest in extreme sports, especially skateboarding and surf skating, in Thailand. However, some safety experts have expressed concerns, especially after two people were seriously injured during a surf skating event recently. Pattaya City has stated that all possible safety precautions will be in place for the new stadium.
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