The location of the new Hua Hin City Football Club stadium has been a mystery for many would-be football supporters. The team has been using grounds for both training and Divisional matches at the Thanarat Military Camp some 10 kilometres from town and this has been a major deterrent for potential supporters.
The good news is that construction of the new grounds commenced in January in a much more user friendly location. There is not much to be seen yet although the lighting towers are visible and it is beginning to look like a real sporting venue. The ‘under-construction stadium’ is easy to find. Before the Petchakasem Road flyover veer left towards Kho Takiab. The site is past the Cicada Market 1.5 kilometres further on from the flyover on the right hand side.
To date there are only official construction notices and no indication of the Club’s future presence. Completion is mooted for July with a budget of 37 million THB. Perhaps with a stadium that provides a much higher standard of facilities for the ‘White Sailboat Team’ even greater honours will be reaped by our city’s football heroes. The team is currently in Division 2 (Central West). Games are played at the home ground on alternative weeks from February until September.
Perhaps we can expect the 2016 season can ‘kick-off’ at the brand new stadium. The other expectation is that the venue will attract a much broader spectator base. In many other locations foreign fans love to replicate the atmosphere of the top European Leagues with the songs, chants and banter that appeals to the masses – coming soon? Maybe a Thai version of “Olé, Olé, Olé”?