Mayor Ko inspects Universiade track and field venue and races with competitors to experience the international standard track
Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade stadium refurbishment project: the refurbishment of Taipei Stadium’s track (including warm-up venue) was completed on March 29, 2017, and obtained Level 1 certification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ahead of schedule on April 4, 2017. A 2-day test run was conducted on April 7, 2017 to verify the new competition venue. The Mayor personally experienced the venue, and cheered for the competitors, announcing the approaching Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade.
Taipei Stadium will be the main competition and training venue for the track and field events in the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade, as well as the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies, hence an important place for the City’s Universiade. Besides a full refurbishment of the track surface, the main works of this project also include the addition of straight track, upgrading of takeoff board, adjustment of run-up lane, sand pit, shot put field, etc. The refurbishment of the warm-up venue includes excavation of the natural lawn in the north and resurfacing it with synthetic rubber, removal of the javelin field and discus ring, refurbishing night lighting, etc. Besides catering to the requirements of various official competitions of the Universiade, it also provides the public with a better and more comfortable place for exercise when the competition ends.
The New Construction Office said the refurbishment works on Taipei Stadium and warm-up venue include track excavation and resurfacing, which is highly subject to the weather. However, with the effort of the construction team, the two venues together with Shih-hsin Hall’s diving venue, which they were put in charge of, were completed on March 29, 2017, meeting the deadline and required quality. The track and field venue obtained IAAF certification on April 4, 2017, well ahead of the scheduled end-of-May 2017 target, officially becoming the track and field venue for the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade.
The main contractor of this project is Fortune Construction Co., Ltd., with Wanbang Architects & Associates in charge of design and supervision. Upon completion of the project, the Department of Sports will be in charge of arranging a series of test competitions to verify that the quality of the facilities meets international competition requirements, getting ready to welcome the Universiade to be held on August 19, 2017.
The Universiade requires 60 venues, including 2 new, 53 refurbished, and 5 venues which will require only decoration before the competition. As on April 4, 2017, 49 out of the 53 venues to be refurbished were completed, and the remaining 4 together with the new venues are at the end of the main project phase.
Aerial photograph of the refurbished Taipei Stadium
The newly refurbished Taipei Stadium
Mayor Ko racing with the competitors and heads of departments, experiencing the international standard track
Group photo after the race