The Sports Bureau (known by its Portuguese initials ID) is demanding that organisers of the recent K-pop concerts held at the Olympics Sports Centre Stadium pay to repair its damaged facilities, the Macau Post Daily reports.
The venue hosted two concerts by the K-pop boy band Seventeen on 13 and 14 January. Forty thousand fans attended the events, creating enough traffic snarls and noise complaints to spark an investigation by the government – and a public apology from the promoter.
A photo purporting to show the muddy aftermath, with turf worn away by staging equipment and concert-goers, has been circulating on social media, Macau Post Daily says. The ID has confirmed that damage occurred to both the pitch and other stadium facilities.
In a statement, the bureau made it clear that “all costs related to the repairs are the responsibility of the entity that used the facilities” and said it expected the stadium to be back up to scratch by the end of February.
According to the bureau, other stadium users had been updated about the condition of the facilities. It said the repairs would only minimally disrupt events at the stadium over the coming month.
The ID also vowed to enforce tougher rules for all future event organisers, demanding they take appropriate measures to protect the venue’s facilities and equipment.