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Monday December 19, 2011

Terengganu to replace grandstand roof with new design

KUALA TERENGGANU: Repairs to the collapsed roof of the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium will begin early next year.

The state government had decided to go ahead with the repairs because the damage had worsened due to prolonged neglect, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said.

“We will repair the football field first before doing up the roof,” he said here yesterday.

The roof at the grandstand above the royal box collapsed just a year after the stadium was used for the 2008 Malaysia Games.

Besides the football field, the stadium also houses a squash court and a bowling alley.

Ahmad said the repair work would take some time because much of the structure was damaged and there was a need for a new design.

“We will not go for a normal roof. We may decide on a roof similar to that of the National Stadium (in Bukit Jalil), which is made of lighter material,” he said.

Ahmad said once the field was ready, football matches could be held at the stadium but only during the day because there was a problem with the floodlights.

The Public Works Department would issue a tender for the repair work soon, he added. - Bernama

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