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February 7th, 2009, 04:41 AM
New-look Coliseum aims for sports events
21 January 2009
South China Morning Post
The Hong Kong Coliseum's first facelift has been completed, with new facilities added in the hope of attracting more sports events.
But Lo Tak-sing, chief manager for stadiums, ticketing and special duties at the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, said the number of sports events at the Coliseum would not top the number of entertainment events any time soon because sport was still developing in Hong Kong.
The government spent HK$168.6 million on the first renovation of the Coliseum since it opened in 1983.
New facilities include an LED colour display board and scoreboard, floor-mounted scoring display units, better-equipped changing rooms for athletes, a media room, warm-up room and a doping control room - all built to fit the requirements for international sports events such as the East Asian Games, which Hong Kong will host at the end of this year.
The Coliseum will be the venue for the games' volleyball and basketball competitions in December.
The 25-year-old fixed seating at the stadium, with a maximum capacity of 12,500, was replaced and the number of spaces for wheelchairs and minders' seats have been increased from five to 64.
Mr Lo said priority would be given to sports events during the monthly review of event applications, and more sports events would be held at the Coliseum.
"Sports are still at the development stage in Hong Kong," he said, adding that the venue, which had enjoyed an occupancy rate of more than 99 per cent, was almost fully booked for the year.
About 80 per cent of the time, however, the Coliseum was booked for concerts. Sports events accounted for only 3 per cent to 4 per cent of booking time.
The five confirmed public events to be staged at the Coliseum from February 1 to the end of March are all pop concerts, including Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games Alan Tam and Hacken Lee in Concert on February 8, 9 and 10, the Coliseum's first event following the facelift.
Charles Chu, the games' competition events chief, said the renovation had improved the venue and he believed that more sports events would take place at the Coliseum in the future.
"For example, having a doping control room is normal by international standards," Mr Chu said.
Mr Lo declined to comment when asked whether the financial meltdown would affect the Coliseum's rental income, but he said there were no plans to adjust the rental charges.
February 7th, 2009, 01:55 PM
could be even more at basketball mode
February 8th, 2009, 04:18 PM
Aaron Kwok Mega Hits Live in Concert 2004 - Hong Kong Coliseum
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February 9th, 2009, 09:02 AM
East Asian Games opening likely to be held on harbour waterfront
21 January 2009
South China Morning Post
Hong Kong's harbour and skyline at night will be the stage and backdrop for the opening ceremony of the East Asian Games in December, as organisers are planning to hold a colourful ceremony outdoors on the piazza at the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, president of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong and president of the East Asian Games organising committee, said yesterday: "We are looking at the best way to showcase Hong Kong. Using the harbour is one of the options available to us."
Mr Fok said details would be announced soon. But it is understood that the opening ceremony on the night of December 5 will be held on the waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Athletes from the nine countries may, reportedly, be positioned on boats anchored in the harbour, while delegates and invited guests are seated on temporary stands built outside the Cultural Centre.
A budget of HK$35 million has been earmarked for the opening and closing ceremonies for the fifth East Asian Games, the first multi-sports event Hong Kong will host.
A source close to the organising committee said: "Hong Kong wants to create something new. Instead of having the opening ceremony at the Hong Kong Stadium or inside the Hong Kong Coliseum, it was felt that the best way to portray Hong Kong's image would be to use the harbour.
"There are plans to have the teams out on boats on the harbour, which will also be the stage for a huge fireworks display," said the official. "The hope is to pull off something extraordinary, and Hong Kong's breathtaking skyline will offer that backdrop."
Mr Fok said the ceremony was still in planning, but acknowledged that, despite the small budget, officials hoped to pull off a memorable event. "These days, the opening ceremony for a games has become a major feature. Just look at the Beijing Olympics," Mr Fok said. "We are still putting everything into place and we will announce our plans soon."
The Hong Kong Stadium has been ruled out as a venue for the opening ceremony because it was felt the event would damage the pitch. The football and the rugby sevens competitions will be held at the So Kon Po sports venue.
The Coliseum, which has been renovated at a cost of HK$170 million, is being tipped as the venue for the closing ceremony.
"Holding the opening ceremony in Tsim Sha Tsui is a good idea, although the venue might not be able to accommodate many spectators," said the source. "But a lot will depend on the weather."
More than 4,000 athletes and team officials are expected to take part in the games, which will feature competitions in 23 sports from December 5 to 13. A total of 281 gold medals will be up for grabs.
May 7th, 2009, 06:32 PM
16 April 2009
South China Morning Post
Games ready. The renovated Hong Kong Coliseum stands ready for the East Asian Games, still eight months away. Members of the Legislative Council home affairs panel yesterday visited the Hung Hom arena and Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground - the main Games venues - whose upgrades cost HK$120 million and HK$390 million respectively. The Jockey Club said it would spend HK$40 million to sponsor the Games, mainly for the expenses of match venues, volunteer recruitment and subsidising students' tickets purchases.
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May 18th, 2009, 04:45 PM
Hong Kong to host FIVB World Grand Prix in August
HONG KONG, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong will stage the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix in the Hong Kong Coliseum from August 14 to 16, the Volleyball Association of Hong Kong announced here on Friday.
Four top caliber teams, including China, Poland, the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic will be vying for the 95,000 U.S. dollars prize money as well as a berth in the Finals.
Hui Chun-Fui, president of the HKVA, said that the Organizing Committee would organize an essay competition with Hong Kong schools to arouse the students' interest in the sport. A series of promotional activities would also be organized.
"The three-days competition will certainly be a spectacular showcase for Hong Kong volleyball fans. The Association hopes that the Hong Kong public will continue to support the Chinese women volleyball team in it's strive for excellence." he said.
May 30th, 2009, 06:10 PM
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July 22nd, 2009, 02:22 PM
The symbolism of performing at the Coliseum is quite great - here is why :
Hong Kong Faces
Andrew So Chun-chau left his factory job as a goldsmith to become a busking clown, "Mr Funny", after seeing a mime show and falling in love with the art form. Nowadays, clad in a black hat and large glasses, he brings happiness to crowds while spinning plates and twirling hula hoops.
4 June 2009
South China Morning Post
Street performer Andrew So Chun-chau is no ordinary clown. While he sets out to make people laugh in the thoroughfares of Mong Kok and Causeway Bay, he has a more serious purpose: encouraging the city to make space for impromptu entertainers like himself.
As "Mr Funny", he makes his audiences smile and laugh - but others frown at his antics, including shopkeepers and the police. As one of the first full-time street performers in Hong Kong, he has been prosecuted for busking in the busy streets of Mong Kok and has been threatened by half a dozen shopkeepers for "blocking their customers".
Every weekend in Sai Yeung Choi Street South and Times Square, crowds in the hundreds gather around Mr Funny as the clown in a black hat and a large pair of black-framed glasses juggles, spins plates and twirls hula hoops.
"An international metropolis needs some artistic air. Busking is free entertainment, which adds variation to our highly consumerist society," he said.
Contrary to the belief that art and commercialism cannot co-exist, So said encouraging busking was a wise investment. "People who have never been to theatres might be drawn by our free street performances and they might ultimately buy a ticket to support us."
So said that was how he got into the arts. Originally a goldsmith, he went to see a mime show in City Hall in 1985 and fell in love with the art form. "I am never good at speaking eloquently and would rather express myself through actions," he said.
As Hong Kong's secondary tier of industry declined in the early 1990s, So left his factory job to become a clown at Ocean Park in 1993. But he soon realised that he was not content with just juggling skills and having his picture taken with tourists - he wanted a stage.
"Just as all singers aim for the Hong Kong Coliseum, I aimed for a real stage where audiences would sit back and enjoy my show," he said.
So he left the park to become a freelance entertainer and in 2005 started busking in the pedestrian areas of Mong Kok. "During Sars the government was desperate to find new tourist attractions. Busking costs almost nothing but can certainly draw a lot of people, so I started," he said.
But not everyone in Mong Kok welcomed the new addition to the neighbourhood. So was once threatened by five well-built staff from an electronics shop. "The boss was complaining that I blocked his entrance, I felt threatened and called the police," he said. "But even before police arrived, the audience already helped me by scolding them."
He was once prosecuted in 2006 for busking, but after working hours, a policeman came up to him and said, "You know, I personally love watching your performances."
He said the situation had improved in recent years as Hongkongers became more aware of the issue of public space.
So looks forward to the day when Hong Kong will boast an "art street" in each of the 18 districts, where buskers and other artists can share a stage.
The busker has performed in Macau, Singapore and Japan, among other places, but says the audiences in Hong Kong are the best.
"The Japanese did not enjoy clown performances, they preferred bands," he said. "The Singaporeans lack curiosity. In Macau, there seemed to be less freedom and some policemen came to interfere."
Looking at the future of busking, So is not too optimistic. He said it was "rather difficult" to pass the torch. "Chinese people still have the mentality that busking is begging. They feel a loss of face," he said.
"Even professors and lecturers in art schools look down upon busking. They never realise it is a stepping stone for future stars."
Mr Funny is elated when he sees his audience laughing. "Busking is just a role-playing exercise," he said. "Clowns bring happiness to crowds.
"Whenever I step onto the stage, I become a different person."
August 4th, 2009, 11:22 AM
Hong Kong Coliseum is a major multi-purpose indoor arena in Hung Hom, Kowloon,Hong Kong.The coliseum has 12,500 seats, which is the second largest among the same kind of indoor facilities in Hong Kong, only behind the newly built, AsiaWorld Arena.
The arena is rectangular with sides 41m each, with a concrete cement flooring.
At times of performance, the floor may be covered with different overmounted floorings, such as demountable wooden flooring or various rubberized roll-outs, to facilitate the set-up of sporting equipment and the playing of different sporting activities such as futsal, badminton, basketball, volleyball and ice-skating.
Source From Wikipedia.
August 18th, 2009, 07:37 PM
Games put HK's image on line, official warns
16 August 2009
The government was in danger of missing a golden chance to raise the profile of sport presented by hosting the East Asian Games, a top mainland administrator said yesterday.
"Promoting sport can bring a wide range of benefits to the community, such as healthy lifestyles, positive values and solidarity, but I don't think the Hong Kong government has done enough on this area," Wei Jizhong, president of volleyball's governing body, the FIVB, said.
"Many countries and regions are putting in a lot of effort to develop sport and, as a modern city, Hong Kong has the right environment.
"In the eyes of many outsiders, Hong Kong is a society where money always comes first, a world financial centre with people spending all their efforts on maximising individual profit.
"But if Hong Kong can host a successful East Asian Games it could change the outsiders' impression and help develop sports for the future."
Wei was speaking at the volleyball World Grand Prix qualifying tournament at the Hong Kong Coliseum.
He pointed to Macau as an example of an effective approach, where the government has backed the hosting of a series of major international sporting events and cultural activities in an effort to broaden its "gambling city" image.
Wei, a former secretary-general of the Chinese Olympic Committee and now an adviser to the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, said a successful Games could not happen without the help of government.
"The Beijing Olympic Games is a good example. It would not have been the huge success it was without the full backing of the Chinese government and Hong Kong should realise this," he said.
"Also, the results of home athletes will be important when Hong Kong people come to judge how successful the East Asian Games have been. They may forget the Games after one or two years, but the achievements of Hong Kong athletes will always stay in their mind."
Success by Hong Kong athletes in December should be used by administrators to form a building block for developing effective long-term sports policy, he said.
The government set a budget of HK$240 million for the 2009 East Asian Games from December 5-13 and has set up an East Asian Games Company to run them. Half of this amount was raised by the private sector.
The government has also injected HK$1 billion for building and renovating facilities for the Games, which feature 22 sports.
August 26th, 2009, 04:49 PM
August 15th, 2010, 03:23 PM
Canto-pop star Gloria Tang to follow in footsteps of the big names with solo gigs
5 July 2010
South China Morning Post
Canto-pop singer Gloria Tang Chi-kei, better known as G.E.M., will take the stage at the Hong Kong Coliseum in December or January next year, making the 19-year-old the youngest singer to have a solo concert at the prestigious venue.
"I'm really happy I can have this opportunity," said Tang, at the Hong Kong Outstanding Youth Awards ceremony at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday. She sang with the 30 award winners on stage.
With only three studio albums under her belt after a two-year career, Tang is worried about her concert programme, despite having still months to prepare.
"I only have about 20 songs. I'll probably need to sing a lot of covers as well," Tang said. She said it was an honour to perform on the same stage as some of the city's top singers, including Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing, Anita Mui Yim-fong and Andy Lau Tak-wah.
"I'm not sure if my career is progressing too fast and smooth. I'm definitely going to work my hardest," Tang said.
She didn't seem too worried about ticket sales for her upcoming concerts.
"I don't want to think too much because it will only put pressure on me. When I was preparing for my concert last November in Star Hall, I got so stressed out and had to see a doctor more than 10 times in a month."
September 3rd, 2010, 08:20 PM
2009 East Asian Games Closing Ceremony
Source : http://www.pbase.com/alandreamworks/eag_closing
September 10th, 2010, 02:50 PM
Great venue. I went there whilst visiting Hong Kong and saw a great show. Well worth a visit if there's something good on when passing through the city.