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MFF announces football stadium builds, expansions

By Han Oo Khin
November 29 - December 5, 2010

An artist’s impression of the upgraded Youth Training Centre in Yangon. Pic: Supplied

MYANMAR Football Federation (MFF) announced last week that it will renovate the 23-year-old Youth Training Center in Thingangyun township in Yangon to allow seating for 50,000 spectators, with work starting in December.

An MFF spokesperson said Max Myanmar Group of Companies and an unnamed Chinese construction company will be jointly responsible for the project, which will be fully bankrolled by the government.

“We don’t exactly know how much it will cost but the government will pay for it,” he said.

The stadium’s current capacity is only 20,000 but that would soon change, the MFF official said: “We will add an extra level to the grandstand, which will then hold about 50,000 spectators.”

U Khin Maung Aye, a Myanmar National League football spectator, said he was glad to hear the Youth Training Centre ground would be renovated.

“The stadium is more than 20 years old and is neither neat nor tidy. And some of the seats are broken too,” he said.

U Ko Ko Thein, MFF’s deputy administrative director, said that the federation would also begin building a new international-standard stadium in Mandalay in early 2011.

He said the new stadium would also be built by Max Myanmar Group and would cover about 86 acres.

“All the necessary tasks to build the stadium are underway and we hope that construction will start in 2011,” he said.

In related news, the Zayyar Thiri and Zabu Thiri stadiums in Nay Pyi Taw, which are due to host the 2013 SEA Games are about 50 percent complete, said U Htay Aung, a project director for the site.

“We are building two stadiums in Nay Pyi Taw and both of these are 50pc complete. We started work on the sites in January 2010 and they will be ready to host matches in November 2011.

“Each stadium has a 30,000-seat capacity,” he said.