Mong Kok Stadium

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Mong Kok Stadium
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Mong Kok Stadium
Former namesArmy Sports Ground (Before 1961), Municipal Stadium (1961-1973)
Location37 Flower Market Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Public transit           Prince Edward station
Owner Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Operator Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Capacity 6,664 [1]
Field size106 x 66 meters (116 x 72 yards)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Opened1961;60 years ago (1961)
Renovated2011;10 years ago (2011) [2]
Tenants
Hong Kong national team (2011–)
Kitchee (2013–)
Eastern (2015–2018)
Citizen (2005–2013)
Sun Hei (2011–2013)
Pegasus (2013–2014, 2018–2019)
Southern (2019–2020)
Mong Kok Stadium before its 2011 renovation Mong Kok Stadium.jpg
Mong Kok Stadium before its 2011 renovation

Mong Kok Stadium (Chinese :旺角大球場) is a stadium in Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong. With a capacity of 6,664 (Each stands have 1,666 seats), it hosts Hong Kong Premier League football matches, with Southern and Kitchee currently ground-sharing the venue. The stadium is run by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong.

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History

The stadium was known as the Army Sports Ground before it was taken over by the Urban Council in 1961. [3]

Facilities

Full house

Pre-renovation

On 15 April 2007, South China played to a 1–1 draw with Kitchee in the penultimate game of the Hong Kong Football League season at Mong Kok Stadium. The game attracted a full house of over 8,500 spectators, the first full house for 11 years for a Hong Kong League game at Mong Kok Stadium.

Post-renovation

On 22 March 2013, Hong Kong hosted against Vietnam national football team in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification match. The game attracted 6,639 spectators, the first full house after the renovation of the stadium. Hong Kong came to a late victory by a header from captain Chan Wai Ho in the 87th minute.

On 11 November 2015 (or 1117), Hong Kong played against China national football team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round, where there was a full house and Hong Kong tied 0–0.

In the 2017 AFC Champions League, all 3 of Eastern SC matches were sold out.

In May 2017, Eastern SC and Kitchee SC played the deciding match of the 2016–17 Hong Kong Premier League in which Kitchee won 4–1.

In the 2018 AFC Champions League, Kitchee SC played Tianjin Quanjian F.C. in front of a full house at Mong Kok Stadium.

Recent developments

From Autumn 2009, Mong Kok Stadium will undergo a series of modifications, including the addition of a roof, close-circuit televisions, refurbishment of the seats, better lighting, refurbishment of the changing rooms, adding a press room and doping rooms, while the stadium's capacity will be reduced to 6,680. The work is expected to be complete by October 2011. [4] Three First Division clubs - Citizen, Fourway Rangers and Sun Hei - have asked to use the stadium as their home ground. But it is believed that the owner of the facility, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, has reservations over the number of clubs using it. Vincent Yuen Man-chuen, general secretary of the HKFA, said they had submitted a proposal to use the stadium as the home ground for three clubs. "We are in the process of negotiation with the government," said Yuen. "There were more than a hundred matches a season held [there] before, but the number can be reduced to half if three teams use it for their home matches plus some major cup competitions." [5] There is currently doubt that the new Mong Kok Stadium will be ready for use in October. [6]

2011 re-opening

On 16 October 2011, the renovated Mong Kok Stadium re-opened. The first match was a Hong Kong First Division match between Sun Hei and Sham Shui Po SA. 4,499 fans attended the game. Sun Hei won the game 5–0, Sun Hei players Cheng Siu Wai scored the goal while Barry was the first player to score a hat-trick after renovation. [7]

2011 Official Re-opening ceremony and international football match

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New Main grandstand.

The Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Tsang Tak-sing attended Mong Kok Stadium's official re-opening ceremony. To celebrate the re-opening of the stadium, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department organised a ceremony for 15 November 2011 and invited the Russian National Youth Team for a friendly football match with the Hong Kong Youth Representative Team. A sport towel, a limited edition souvenir specially produced to celebrate the re-opening of the stadium, was distributed to each attendee to make this meaningful day more memorable. There were also performances including rhythmic drumming with flag waving, and wushu and a lion dance, showing a unique Chinese flavour. The ceremony also featured impressive performances by cheering teams and the Hong Kong Police Band. [8]

Asian 5 Nations Rugby Tournament plan

Hong Kong Rugby Football Union chairman Trevor Gregory said he was exploring the possibility of using the stadium to host HSBC Asian Five Nations (A5N) home games. Hong Kong played both their A5N rugby games in front of full houses at the 2,500-capacity Hong Kong Football Club this season. A move to Mong Kok, with its new capacity of 6,650, appeals, admitted HKRFU's Gregory. "Our initial thoughts are to play our international fixtures in the A5N at Mong Kok Stadium. At the moment we have no plans to hold any domestic games there," Gregory said. [5] On 26 May 2012, Hong Kong blitzed Kazakhstan 55–0 to claim third place in the 2012 HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition. It was Hong Kong's first international in 13 years at the newly renovated Mong Kok Stadium. [9]

Super Rugby

Hong Kong hosted its first Super Rugby fixture on 19 May 2018. The Japanese outfit, the Sunwolves, playing a home game at Mong Kok, defeated the Stormers from Cape Town, South Africa, by 26–23.

Transport

It is accessible from the Prince Edward station of the MTR on the Tsuen Wan and the Kwun Tong lines. It is also near Mong Kok East station on the East Rail line.

See also

Before renovation

After renovation

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References

  1. 1 2 3 Facilities - Mong Kok Stadium , retrieved 14 September 2015
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (in Chinese) 新旺角場靚中藏險 [ permanent dead link ]Oriental Daily. 15 October 2011.
  3. "Aerial view of Mong Kok". Hong Kong Memory Project. Archived from the original on 8 February 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  4. (in Chinese) 旺角球場加上蓋減座位 The Sun. 1 August 2008
  5. 1 2 Clubs lay claim to revamped Mong Kok South China Morning Post SOCCER Chan Kin-wa 3 Jul 2011
  6. (in Chinese) 旺角場 10月重開成疑 Apple Daily. 17 August 2011.
  7. (in Chinese) 旺角場重開  4,499球迷湧入 鄭少偉首球締歷史 Apple Daily. 17 October 2011.
  8. Mong Kok Stadium celebrates its re-opening with international friendly football match Archived 22 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine Leisure and Cultural Services Department press release. 15 November 2011.
  9. Hong Kong blitz Kazakhstan, UAE run Korea close in exciting Top 5 finale Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Asian 5 Nations. 27 May 2012.

Coordinates: 22°19′34″N114°10′22″E / 22.326095°N 114.172904°E / 22.326095; 114.172904

Events and tenants
Preceded by
National Stadium
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AFC Women's Championship
Final Venue

1986
Succeeded by
Mong Kok Stadium
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Preceded by
Mong Kok Stadium
Flag of Hong Kong 1959.svg  Hong Kong
AFC Women's Championship
Final Venue

1989
Succeeded by
Hakatanomori Athletic Stadium
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