In March, 2010, Thailand was awarded the right to hold the 2012 Futsal World Cup and promised an excellent tournament. The Bangkok government promised to build a terrific indoor stadium for futsal.
Apparently no one noted that the two items were linked, and the world-class Bangkok Futsal Arena is the largest white elephant ever seen in Nong Chok district - not to mention the 1.2 billion baht it took to build, plus the cost of maintenance to keep a 17,000-seat stadium from returning to the rice fields.
WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration bused in students from its schools around the capital to attend hastily organised youth futsal competition Saturday at the newly built Bangkok Futsal Arena in Nong Chok district. The event was aimed at demonstrating the safety and readiness of the stadium after Fifa announced last week that it would not use the stadium for the 2012 Futsal World Cup due to safety concerns. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)
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