Jun 07, 2012|
The plans: Following the arrival of new sponsors, the venue out at Impact Arena has just changed names from the Yamaha to SCG stadium. The close season saw the club improve the pitch and the VIP rooms as well as add 2,000 seats to the main stand. Despite rumors of plans to relocate, it seems that the new focus is to stay put and renovate the existing ground further.
Stadium: Chaeng Wattana Stadium, Lak Si
The plans: They finally moved to this new purpose-built stadium in July 2011, only to have to move out again due to the floods. They are now firmly at home and spent the close season giving the stadium a new coat of paint and also plan to upgrade the scoreboard soon.
Stadium: Leo Stadium, Pathum Thani
The plans: The club are currently looking to increase their stadium capacity from 10,000 to 12,600 by renovating a main stand. They have also looked to improve the overall facilities to make sure they meet the Asian Football Confederation standards so that they can enter the AFC cup competitions, if they manage to qualify this year.
Stadium: Thammasat Stadium, Rangsit, Pathum Thani
The plans: Their stadium was badly inundated during the floods last year forcing them to play home games at Chonburi Institute of Physical Education. However, as part of the now completed renovation and repair work, Thammasat University upgraded the stadium facilities with improvements to the press room, VIP areas and the main pitch.
Stadium: Thephasadin Stadium, Pathumwan
The plans: They only moved to their downtown location two seasons ago but it is an ongoing dream of Chairman Brian Marcar to find their own purpose-built stadium. According to their manager, Thanya Wongnak, they are still actively searching for a more permanent home, though they haven’t found the ideal location yet.
Stadium: PAT Stadium.
The plans: The stadium at Thai Port has been an ongoing source of problems for the club. Issues with their substandard floodlights have forced them to kick off at 4pm rather than 6pm (the official kick off time for TPL games), leading to a warning from the TPL authorities. If they don’t get them fixed, then they could be forced to play games at another stadium for the second half of the season. The main issue is that the Port Authority of Thailand own the land and the stadium, which is then rented by the club’s owners. That means it’s down to PAT to make the changes, something they have repeatedly promised but failed to do over the past few seasons.