By SARUN SAELEE
Sheung Wan Sports Center (上環體育館) covering the top three floors of Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building provides one fitness room, one dance room, five squash courts, which two of them can be used to support table tennis and small activities. Its multi-purpose main area can be converted into two basketball courts, two volleyball courts or eight badminton courts.
The sports center is situated not too far from the Sheung Wan MTR station while the direction is also not complicating. Therefore, it is easy for all visitors to find the place. Please refer to the previous entry “Sheung Wan Sports Center – Direction”.
The sports center opens from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, except its maintenance days. The maintenance days take place on the first and third Mondays of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; however, the schedule will be changed to the next working day if it falls on a public holiday.
Restrooms and changing rooms at the sports center are clean but small due to the space limitation. The rooms are installed with good ventilation, and shower rooms are provided in the building.
For badminton courts, the area in the main arena is not well organized. The unwise installation of basketball hoops blocks the flight of the shuttlecock because it has overlapped one side of some badminton courts. Players hence cannot hit the shuttlecock freely on the courts.
Moreover, some areas of the badminton courts are too windy. The strong wind comes from the workings of air-conditioners in the sports hall. Therefore, the shuttlecock flight is frequently disturbed and forced to change directions.
Lastly, still like other sport centers in Hong Kong, there are many lines used for different sports drawn on the surface of the multi-purpose arena. Badminton players hence sometimes may get confused and make wrong decisions during their games.
Changing room 3/5
Badminton court 2/5
Staff personality 4/5
Overall satisfaction 3/5