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Wan Chai Sports Ground () is a stadium in
Wan Chai North Wan Chai is a metropolitan area situated at the western part of the Wan Chai District on the northern shore of Hong Kong Island, in Hong Kong. Its other boundaries are Canal Road to the east, Arsenal Street to the west and Bowen Road to the so ...
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, with a seating capacity of 2,401. It is a government-run sports ground primarily used by local schools for sports days and other athletic activities. Situated by the
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, it is at a convenient location next to Hong Kong's
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, and the shopping district of
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Features

The sports ground has an eight-lane, 400 m, all-weather synthetic track with a natural turf infield catering for all track and field events. The measurements and markings of the track are of
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standards. The running track and jumping track use Conipur M full polyurethane synthetic material and are 13 mm and 20 mm thick respectively. Landing mattresses of 71 cm and 81 cm thick are provided for high jump and pole vault. Also, floodlighting of 450 lux is available.


History

Wan Chai Sports Ground opened in 1979 on reclaimed land. It was originally managed by the
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, and formed the Wan Chai Reclamation Recreation Centre Stage I (stage II being the adjacent swimming pool and indoor games hall). In 1996, the sports ground was used to help accommodate a queue of nearly 60,000 people seeking British Dependent Territories citizenship at
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prior to the cut-off date of 30 March 1996 ahead of the
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. Part of the north end of the grandstand was demolished as part of the
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project. The railway tunnels will run under the sports ground.


Protest area during MC6

The Wan Chai Sports Ground and the nearby Wan Chai Cargo Handling Basin were designated as protest zones for the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization. The conference, abbreviated as MC6, was held in Hong Kong from 13 to 18 December 2005. Officials expressed concerns that the protesters might destroy the sports ground, which could force a large number of schools to abandon their plans for sporting activities. However, the protest organiser, the Hong Kong People's Alliance on WTO, was unhappy with a previous proposed location for demonstrations, Southorn Playground, which is blocked by highrises from the venue of the conference, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. In the end, the number of protesters was smaller than expected and were sufficiently accommodated at the cargo handling basin. Hence, the sports ground was not used as a protest site.


HKCEC Phase III

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Phase III will be developed on land now occupied by the Wan Chai pier bus terminus and Wan Chai Sports Ground. Although the existing sports facilities will be demolished, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Trade Development Council (TDC) plans to build new sports facilities on top of the HKCEC Phase III structure to serve the public interest.Extension for shows center
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References


External links


Website of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
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