Zhongshan Soccer Stadium

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Zhongshan Soccer Stadium
Chungshan stadium.gif
Location Taipei, Taiwan
Coordinates 25°4′10.2″N 121°31′15.8″E / 25.069500°N 121.521056°E / 25.069500; 121.521056Coordinates: 25°4′10.2″N 121°31′15.8″E / 25.069500°N 121.521056°E / 25.069500; 121.521056
Owner Taipei Sports Office
Operator Taipei Sports Office
Capacity 20,000 (Football)
40,000 (Concerts)
Field size 300 x 184 m
Surface Grass
Opened 1989
Closed 2008
Tenants
Chinese Taipei national football team
Tatung F.C.
Zhongshan Soccer Stadium
Traditional Chinese 中山足球場
Simplified Chinese 中山足球场

Zhongshan Soccer Stadium, Chungshan Soccer Stadium, or Taipei Soccer Stadium (Chinese: 中山足球場; pinyin: Zhōngshān Zúqíuchǎng) is a multi-purpose stadium in Taipei, Taiwan. It was established in 1923 as Maruyama Stadium (圓山運動場) during the Japanese rule. The soccer stadium is opened in 1989, it was reconstructed from the former site of Yunshan Baseball Ground (Chinese: 圓山棒球場) under the guidance of then Chinese Taipei Football Association President Chiang Wei-kuo.[1] Although it was built as a soccer-specific stadium, it is mostly used for live concerts or other activities due to lack of professional football league in Taiwan. The stadium is able to hold 20,000 people for football games and 40,000 for concerts. It is now managed by the Hope Foundation led by former athlete Chi Cheng.

Location[edit]

Zhongshan Soccer Stadium locates in Zhongshan District, Taipei City, at the cross of Yumen Street (Chinese: 玉門街) and Minzu West Road (Chinese: 民族西路). Nearby is the Yuanshan Station of Taipei Metro (Tamsui Line, Red Line)

Events[edit]

The stadium has hosted a number of concerts by internationally renowned music stars. The King of Pop Michael Jackson performed two sold out concerts at the stadium on October 1996, during History World Tour. Bon Jovi performed at the stadium on April 28, 1995 during These Days Tour. Australian pop star Kylie Minogue performed there on December 4, 2008 as part of her KylieX2008 world tour.

Closure[edit]

In March 2007, Taipei City Government announced that Yuanshan will be replacing Guandu Plain as the main venue of the 2010 International Garden and Horticulture Exhibition to be hosted in Taipei.[2] In their plan, Chungshan Soccer Stadium, being one of the major parts of the Yuanshan area, would serve as the primary venue of the exhibition featuring indoor activities. As a result, the stadium was scheduled to be closed on July 1, 2008.

However, the Chinese Taipei Football Association made a statement in its official site on June 29, 2007 opposing the proposal.[3] They stated that Chungshan Soccer Stadium is the only FIFA-approved stadium in Taiwan at present. If it is closed, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) would lose its home ground and would not be allowed to hold international football competitions.

Though there are several ongoing construction projects for new stadiums, including the World Games Stadium for World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung and the new Taipei Municipal Stadium for 2009 Summer Deaflympics in Taipei. But both cannot be complete prior to the end of 2008.

On September 30, 2007, Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-pin committed to delay the stadium's closing schedule to the end of 2008 for hosting 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification and 2008 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers.[4] The stadium was scheduled to close on November 28, 2008.[5]

Transportation[edit]

The stadium is accessible within walking distance South East from Yuanshan Station of the Taipei Metro.

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