A video posted online on Friday accused Farglory Group of “shattering baseball fans’ dreams” by putting commercial gains ahead of the Taipei Dome’s intended use and public safety.
The five-minute video, made by a netizen using the name “Unboxing Fun” (開箱玩), reviewed Taipei Dome contractor Farglory Group’s controversial change of the facility’s design, which saw part of it moved to make space for a shopping mall.
As a result, what was once a perfect dome was turned into a “toilet bowl,” and space reserved for the outfield behind first and third base was completely eliminated, the video said.
Farglory Group intended to add to its bottom line by building the shopping mall taller than the Taipei Dome, which would defeat the purpose of a complex designated for cultural and sporting events, the video said.
The mall’s construction also resulted in the significant reduction of two large outdoor spaces for emergency evacuations, allocated in the Taipei Dome’s original design, posing a safety risk, the video said.
Underground parking lots for the mall, a hotel, a movie theater and the Taipei Dome are interconnected, meaning flames would tear through them should a fire break out, jeopardizing people’s chances of survival, the video said, citing Taipei Department of Urban Development data.
Farglory Group has only built three emergency staircases in the Taipei Dome’s parking lot, with two of them being 240m apart.
Even though the spacing of emergency stairs is not covered by construction rules, the firm’s conduct has been amoral for proceeding with construction of such a dangerous design, the video said.
No response was available from Farglory at press time last night.
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