A standard-sized football stadium in Pattaya was left unfinished for 14 years.
TPN reporters went to check on a colossal football stadium located on Soi Chaiyapruek 2 in Huai Yai subdistrict of Banglamung after receiving complaints from residents about its dilapidated condition despite the fact that the project was allegedly still in progress.
The stadium first begun construction around 2008 and remained unfinished until today (September 6th, 2022), local residents told TPN. Nobody sighted workers coming to resume the project for a long time, and the area was littered with construction tools.
Wires and piles of paving blocks and rusted steel bars were left on a footpath and blocked people who came to the park to exercise. This raised questions from taxpayers about the project’s exact completion date, which has repeatedly been put off since 2012 due to several reasons such as geographical problems or lack of workers during COVID-19.
Under the budget of 775 million baht, the massive stadium could fit over 20,000 people. It was built with the goal of hosting the scheduled Asian Games in 2023 and the 5th Youth Olympic Games in 2026 and was named the “Chaiyaphruek” stadium. However, local residents did not believe that the projects would be done in time as there was no one at work right now.
In March of 2021 the project was reportedly 60 percent complete according to then Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume, but a few weeks later major Covid-19 restrictions shut nearly all businesses and construction work for almost eight months.
We also were invited to the site before last year’s Covid-19 shutdowns for a video tour here.
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