To the untrained eye, the Bangkok Futsal Arena looks to be weeks or months away from being finished, but Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra insists it will be ready by October 21. (Includes video)
Construction workers race against time to finish the Bangkok Futsal Arena in Nong Chock district. Photos by Sithikorn Wongwudthianun. Video by Pattanapong Hirunard. All taken yesterday.
Bangkok rushes to get main Futsal World Cup stadium ready
Construction workers are putting the final touches to Bangkok's showpiece venue for the 2012 Fifa Futsal World Cup after its construction fell behind schedule.
The 12,000 all-seater capacity Bangkok Futsal Arena in Nong Chok is due to be handed over to 2012 Fifa Futsal World Cup organisers in a little more than a week. Seats and a scoreboard were being installed yesterday, and the area outside the stadium is being developed.
Construction on the site was initially delayed because of the October 2011 floods, with further problems caused by more heavy rain in recent weeks and the threat of the Gaemi weather system hitting Thailand's capital.
Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra on Friday promised no more delays in construction before the handover to Fifa on Oct 21.
"All main construction has finished. Now workers are working only on details," the governor said. "I can confirm that Fifa will get the stadium on Oct 21."
Fifa officials will arrive in Bangkok on Oct 20 for a handing-over ceremony and decide whether the arena will be ready for the competition by Oct 25.
Thailand hosts the 24-nation tournament from Nov 1-18.
The Bangkok Futsal Arena had been earmarked as the competition's main venue but the delays in building it prompted Fifa to order a switch to the 15,000-capacity Indoor Stadium Hua Mak, where the opening ceremony will now take place on Nov 1.
A view inside the Bangkok Futsal Arena.
Other venues for the tournament are Nimitbutr Gymnasium in Bangkok and Chatichai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima province.
Indoor Stadium Hua Mak, Nimitbutr Gymnasium and Chatichai Hall will host the group phase and round-of-16 matches, with the Bangkok Futsal Arena scheduled to host its first game on Nov 14 when the tournament reaches the quarter-final stage.
Thailand are in Group A with Paraguay, Ukraine and Costa Rica. The hosts will take on Costa Rica on the tournament's opening day.
construction – the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. การก่อสร้าง
rush – to move or do something very quickly รีบเร่ง, วิ่ง
touches –small details that are added to something in order to improve it or make it complete
showpiece – the most impressive feature of something or the most impressive thing of its type ตัวอย่างที่ดีที่สุด
venue – the place where an activity or event happens สถานที่ที่จัดการแข่งขัน, สถานที่ที่จัดงาน
schedule – when something is planned to happen at a particular time or day ตามตารางเวลา
all-seater – (of a stadium, theatre, etc.) having all seats, i.e., no place for people standing
capacity – the total amount or number that can be handled or contained, in this case, people ปริมาณสูงสุดที่จะรับได้
arena – a large area that is surrounded by seats, used for sports or entertainment สนามกีฬา, สังเวียน
due to – scheduled to มีกำหนด
hand over – to give somebody else control or the responsibility for something มอบ
initially – at first ในเบื้องต้น
delay – to make something happen at a later time than originally planned or expected เลื่อน, ทำให้ช้า
threat – a danger อันตราย
details – the small facts or features of something ส่วนเล็กๆ น้อยๆ, รายละเอียด, ส่วนย่อย
competition – an organised event in which people try to win against other people or teams การแข่งขัน
host – to provide the space and other things necessary for a special event ทำหน้าที่เป็นเจ้าภาพ
earmark – to decide to use something, especially money, for a particular purpose ตัดสินใจที่จะใช้สำหรับวัตถุประสงค์เฉพาะ
prompt – to cause someone to take action กระตุ้น
switch – to change เปลี่ยน
group phase – the opening part of a tournament where the teams/players are put into groups and compete against other group members. The top teams/players (usually two) then go on to the next stage
quarter-final (or quarterfinal) – a competition between two of the last eight competitors remaining in a tournament การแข่งขันก่อนรอบบรองชนะเลิศ
stage – a particular point in time during a process or set of events ช่วง
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