The Democratic Progressive Party's Taipei mayoral candidate, Lee Ying-yuan, said yesterday that placing the Taipei Sports Dome at the old Sungshan Tobacco Factory site would worsen the traffic situation in the area.
After meticulously examining the place under consideration for the dome to be built, Lee expressed that the stadium might affect the traffic, environment and culture of the vincinity once it is built. Lee is scheduled to release his suggestions for plans and ideas on the future of the Taipei Sports Dome today.
Lee criticized that the dome planned by the Taipei City Government is only a "political dome" to neutralize the central government. He said that with his plans, to be announced today, it would provide solutions to the budget, traffic and historical relic protection. According to Lee, the new dome will have four main functions: to be a key place for world exhibitions, a capital podium for Asian pop music, a stadium for international sport competitions, and a inspiration to the development of the area.
Spokesperson of the Taipei City Government, Wu Yu-sheng, retaliated to Lee's criticisms by saying that Lee should have proposed his suggestions at the time when the plan was proposed. "The plan is already on its way."
In fact, the construction of the dome has always been an important issue ever since Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) was Taipei City's mayor.
Since the very start when the suggestion was proposed, it has become a hot topic for almost every politician, no matter who held the title of ruling party. Most residents hold the view that the faster the problem is solved, the better it is for sports fans and Taipei residents.