Construction of National Sports Training Center all-weather throwing field begins It will allow athletes’ training to be unaffected by weather
Simulation diagram of the National Sports Training Center all-weather throwing field
In order to improve the environment of competitive sports training, since the Executive Yuan approved the Project of Setting National Sports Park and the Training Personnel in 2009, using a phase method to gradually improve all the facilities of the National Sports Training Center. The Sports Administration is continuing to implement Phase III. Projects completed to date are: renovation of the Center’s main entrance and expansion of archery training facilities. In the past, athletics training has all been conducted outdoors, including shot put, discus, hammer, high-jump, pole-vault, and javelin. The Sports Administration has planned an all-weather throwing field at the south side of the Center’s all-weather track to provide athletes with a training venue for 365 days a year.
The all-weather throwing field is around 42 meters wide and 52 meters long. To increase indoor use flexibility and taking into account the space used by various sports and throwing height, the structural design principles are pillarless and with a high-ceiling. There are also protective nets around the throwing areas and PU floor, fulling taking into account athlete training requirements and safety.
Taking account the hot weather in Kaohsiung, for extra ventilation and indoor heat reduction, the floor is permeable and the outer walls are light and basic metal sheet to keep out the weather and sunlight. Construction began on this project on March 6 and it is expected to be completed and open for use by 2024. It will be the first athletics multi-sport all-weather throwing field in Taiwan, allowing athletes to train without being affected by the weather.
Overall upgrading of the National Sports Training Center is ongoing. When Phase III is completed, athletes will be provided with a better training environment to prepare for competition, the improved facilities serving as the strongest backup for athletes. It is hoped the improved facilities will help our athletes to be faster, higher and stronger.