Saturday, March 03, 2007

Thai stadium may be ready just 3-weeks before cup

Thailand has again promised the Asian Football Confederation that Bangkok's Rajamangala National Stadium will be ready in time for the opening ceremony of the AFC Asian Cup on 7 July. The announcement by Thailand's tourism and sports minister follows months of political maneuvering and a military coup that delayed the approval of a budget to carry out repairs to the stadium, Antara newagency reporyed.

Upgrades to the 60,000-seat facility involve a new playing surface, seats, floodlights and facilities for players, the media and VIPs. A budget of $740,000 was approved after the AFC previously threatened to dump Thailand as a co-host of the Asia Cup however work on the stadium is scheduled for completion by 18 June, just three weeks before the Asia's premier football competition gets underway.

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