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Max Myanmar building NPT stadium
(Volume 26, No. 507)
BIGGER, better and longer characterises construction in Nay Pyi Taw, and the city is now set to receive a new sports stadium in a bid to host the 2013 Southeast Asian Games.
The stadium will be built by Max Myanmar, owned by Myanmar Football Federation chairman U Zaw Zaw, in Pyin Nyar Thakedi quarter in Nay Pyi Taw.
It will be called the Zabu Thiri stadium and should hold up to 30,000 spectators, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported on January 13 after the foundation laying ceremony a day earlier.
With Singapore relinquishing the 27th SEA Games last December because of delays building the required infrastructure, Myanmar appears well-placed to host the games for the first time since 1969.
But to do so it will need the Zabu Thiri stadium, which will be built by Chinese architects, ready within three years.
The New Light of Myanmar story stated that the stadium would cover 25 acres in a 150-acre compound, with a further 15 acres set aside for parking.
Costing for the project could not yet be confirmed.
Myanmar last hosted the SEA Games at Yangon’s iconic Aung San Stadium, which has seating for 5000 people more than the new Nay Pyi Taw venue, and was built in 1918.