|Most Exicting Venues of Beijing Olympics 2008|
|Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 October 2009 )|
The Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, will be celebrated from August 8, 2008, to August 24, 2008, with the opening ceremony beginning at 08:08:08 pm CST (12:08:08 UTC) at the Beijing National Stadium in Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
It is going to begin at tonight; All together 205 countries will be participating in the 2008 Olympic. China and Chinese people are now absolutely ready to celebrate this feast of games.
Altogether 31 venues will be used in Beijing during the 29th Olympiad. All of them have been completed early this year. An additional six cities, namely Hong Kong, Qingdao, Qinhuangdao, Shanghai, Shenyang and Tianjin, will also co-operate with Beijing to run the Equestrian, Sailing and the Football Preliminaries. Here are some of the exciting venues for Beijing Olympics 2008.
Bird Nest - The Beijing National Stadium
The Beijing National Stadium (???????) or the “Bird’s Nest” (??) for its architecture is a stadium finished for the Olympic Green in Beijing, China that was completed on March 2008.
Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron collaborated with ArupSport and China Architecture Design & Research Group to design the stadium, which will host the opening and closing ceremonies, the track and field competitions and the soccer tournament. Nicknamed the “Bird’s Nest,” the 93,000-seat arena was built with 36 kilometers of unwrapped steel weighing 45,000 tons.
Water Cube - Beijing National Aquatics Center
The National Aquatics Center, or simply the “Water Cube,” a blue palatial structure with an area of 80,000 sq m, will accommodate 17,000 fans for the swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming competitions.
The outer structure is a steel frame filled with more than 100,000 square meters of ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene), a plastic which reduces energy costs by allowing increased light and heat penetration.
Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Located in the southern part of the Olympic Green, the National Indoor Stadium joins the group of landmark structures in the area, including the National Aquatics Center to the south and the National Convention Center to the north. The stadium consists of a main structure and a warm-up gym nearby and other outdoor facilities, with an overall building area of 80,900 square meters. The seating capacity of the National Indoor Stadium is 18,000. The outdoor landscaping and roadways occupy an area of 44,000 square meters.
The National Indoor Stadium will be the competition venue for the Olympic Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline, and Handball competitions and the Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball competition.
The Beijing National Indoor Stadium seats 19,000 fans and will host the artistic gymnastics, trampoline and handball competitions.
Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium
The indoor arena slated to host the Olympic basketball tournament is part of a larger athletic complex, including Wukesong Sports Center Baseball Field and other commercial facilities.
Covering an area of 168,000 sq m, the gymnasium has three floors underground and four floors aboveground, with capacity for 18,000 spectators.
Entering Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium, one first notices the funnel-shaped LED display system. It is the first set of comprehensive displays in China that is able to meet the demands of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Not only are the standards met for basketball games, the LED system is also capable of being used for theatrical performances, real-time broadcasts and background imagery.
Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Center
The center’s three main courts are dodecagonal with each of the 12 sides as a stands. The gray cement walls around each of the 12 sections form 12 stands which look like 12 petals of a lotus flower in the Olympic Forest Park.
Featuring 10 competition courts and six training courts, the venue covers a surface area of 16.68 hectares and has a building area of 26,514 square meters. The venue has a capacity of 17,400 seats, including 10,000 seats in the main court; 4,000 seats in the No. 1 cour; 2,000 seats in the No. 2 court; and 1,400 seats in the seven preliminary competition courts at the No. 2 platform.
Occupying a land surface of 33,320 sq m, the Laoshan Velodrome shines as a brand new venue for the track cycling event for the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The three-story building is 33.8m tall, capable of seating 6,000, including 3,000 temporary seats. It is capped with a dish-shaped dome where more than 200 lights are installed. A 250m-long all-weather wooden cycle track lies on the floor, surrounded by rows of blue spectator chairs.
The velodrome has a lattice-framed steel structure, with a horizontal shadow spanning 133.06m, and 150m in diameter. To put 1,400 tones of steel structure in place, the engineers and workers displayed their “weaving” skills on and above ground.
Beijing Shooting Range Hall
With a seating capacity of 9,000, the Beijing Shooting Range Hall will host the qualifications and finals of the 10-, 25-, and 50-meter range shooting events. The first gold medal of the 2008 Summer Olympics will likely be awarded here.
The Beijing Shooting Range Hall was designed to reflect the shape of a hunting bow. This design takes into consideration the origins of the sport of shooting—hunting in the forest. The Shooting Hall’s qualification competition halls and the final competition hall are connected by the venue’s main entrance, which contributes to the venue’s “bow” shape.
Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park
The Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park seats 37,000 spectators, with 1,200 permanent seats and 25,800 temporary seats, including 10,000 standing room only seats and will host the rowing, canoeing, kayaking and 10-kilometer marathon swimming events.
With a building area of 31,850 sq m, it occupies the largest surface area of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games venues.
The Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park is the world’s only first-class rowing-canoeing venue that contains both flatwater and slalom courses.
China Agricultural University Gymnasium
Located on the campus of China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing, the 8,200-seat gymnasium will host the wrestling competitions. The complex spans an area of nearly 24,000 square meters.
After the 2008 Games, the venue will serve as a multi-functional facility accessible to university students and staff, as well as the residents in the neighborhood
Peking University Gymnasium
Located on the Peking University campus and covering an area of 26,900 sq m, the gymnasium includes a natatorium and is 122.6 m long from south to north and 87.7 m wide from east to west. The table tennis venue on the first floor is 47 m long and 39.5 m wide, has room for eight competition tables, and can seat 7,557.
The project’s steel structure relies on a seven-part support system comprising a pre-stress inhaul cable and horizontal, vertical, and other supportive components. Its roof resembles a table tennis ball between two hyperbolic surfaces, garnering it the name “China Ridge.”
Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium
The University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) Gymnasium is completed. Comprising a main gymnasium and a 50 m X 25 m standard-sized swimming pool, the gymnasium has a total building area of 24,662 sq m.
The main gymnasium contains a 60 m x 40 m competition area and 8,012 spectator seats, including 4,080 permanent seats and 3,932 temporary seats. The venue will hold the Judo and Taekwondo competitions of the Olympic Games and Wheelchair Rugby and Wheelchair Basketball competitions of the Paralympic Games.
Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium
The Beijing University of Technology (BUT) Gymnasium is the only Olympic venue located in Beijing’s southeastern area. It will serve as the Badminton and Rhythmic Gymnastics venue.
With a building area of 24,383 sq m, the BUT Gymnasium has seating capacity for 7,500. The gymnasium includes a competition hall and a warm-up hall.
A world record in suspension dome structures - The BUT Gymnasium boasts the world’s largest prestressed suspension dome ceiling 93 m in diameter. Also, the steel used in producing the structure weighs less than 1,200 tons, averaging 60 kg per sq m.
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