National sports complex to get makeover

By Hoang Nguyen   September 30, 2021 | 02:57 pm GMT+7
National sports complex to get makeover
An aerial view of the National Sports Complex in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy
National Sports Complex including the My Dinh National Stadium embarks on multi-faceted renovations Thursday.

The plan to revamp the complex will be carried out in time for Vietnam's two World Cup qualifiers in November and SEA Games 31 in 2022.

The project management division of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will work with My Dinh National Stadium management board to oversee the makeover.

It will cooperate with the Stadium Management Board to start renovating the fire supression system. In addition, the complex will upgrade its voltage transformers, generators, elevators, water stations and outdoor electrical cabinets.

Work related to SEA Games 31 will commence on Oct. 20, including items inside and outside the stadium, sanitary equipment and running track. A part of the stadium roof will be repainted and its indoor lighting system improved along with wastewater treatment stations and air-conditioning systems.

On Oct. 21, renovation of the stadium's sound system, press conference room, walkie-talkie system, lighting system, training ground, torch base, electronic equipment and control center will be started.

Priorities will include pitch conditions of My Dinh Stadium, room for referees, changing rooms, VAR room, sound equipment room, medical room, doping room and conference room for the upcoming two World Cup qualifiers.

"We have checked the pitch conditions of My Dinh Stadium and it has been improved. The grass was greener. Functional rooms are being renovated. Recently, the Asian Football Confederation provided feedback on the pitch quality, electronic board system and sound system of the stadium. Therefore, Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) and related parties will cooperate to improve the quality of My Dinh," Le Van Thanh, VFF vice chairman told Thanh Nien Newspaper.

The National Sports Complex began operation in 2003 but for the past 18 years, My Dinh Stadium hasn't received any major makeover and many items there have been downgraded.

My Dinh National Stadium in state of disrepair. Video by VnExpress/The Quynh

 
 
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