Venues of the 2008 Summer Olympics

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For the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, a total of thirty-seven venues were used. Events took place at eleven pre-existing venues, twelve new venues constructed for the Olympics, and eight temporary venues that were removed following the games. In addition, six venues outside Beijing hosted events, two of which were newly built for the Olympics.

Beijing won its bid to host the 2008 Olympics on 13 July 2001.[1] The first new venues to begin construction were the Beijing National Stadium, Beijing National Aquatics Center, Beijing Shooting Range Hall, and the Laoshan Velodrome, where major work commenced in December 2003.[2] By May 2007, construction had begun at all of the Beijing venues for the games.[3] Approximately RMB¥13 billion (US$1.9 billion) was spent to build and renovate the venues.[4]

Several venues were located at the Olympic Green Olympic Park. The largest venue at the games in terms of seating capacity was the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, which had a capacity of 91,000 at the time and was the site for the opening and closing ceremonies. The smallest venue in terms of seating capacity was the temporary Laoshan Mountain Bike Course, which had a capacity of 2,000.

Venues

Olympic Green

Venue Sports Capacity Ref.
Olympic Green Tennis Center Tennis 32,400 [5]
Olympic Green Archery Field Archery 5,000 [6]
Olympic Green Convention Center Fencing, Modern Pentathlon (fencing, shooting) 5,695 [7]
Olympic Green Hockey Field Field hockey 17,000 [8]

Universities and gymnasiums

Venue Sports Capacity Ref.
Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium Judo, Taekwondo 8,024 [9]
Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium Badminton, Gymnastics (rhythmic) 7,500 [10]
China Agricultural University Gymnasium Wrestling 8,000 [11]
Peking University Gymnasium Table tennis 8,000 [12]
Beihang University Gymnasium Weightlifting 5,400 [13]
Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium Volleyball 5,000 [14]

New competition venues

Venue Sports Capacity Ref.
Beijing National Aquatic Center Swimming, Diving and Synchronized Swimming 17,000 [15]
Beijing National Indoor Stadium Gymnastics (artistic, trampoline), Handball (final) 19,000 [16]
Beijing National Stadium Athletics, Football (final),Opening and Closing Ceremonies 91,000 [17]
Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium Judo, Taekwondo 8,024 [9]
Beijing Shooting Range Hall Shooting (pistol, rifle) 9,000 [18]
Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium Badminton, Gymnastics (rhythmic) 7,500 [10]
China Agricultural University Gymnasium Wrestling 8,000 [11]
Laoshan Velodrome Cycling (track) 6,000 [19]
Olympic Green Tennis Center Tennis 17,400 [5]
Peking University Gymnasium Table tennis 8,000 [12]
Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park Rowing, Canoeing, and Swimming (marathon) 37,000 [20]
Wukesong Indoor Stadium Basketball 18,000 [21]

Existing competition venues

The Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium hosted the volleyball competition
The Workers Stadium hosted the quarter-final and semi-final football matches
Venue Sports Capacity Ref.
Beihang University Gymnasium Weightlifting 5,400 [13]
Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium Volleyball 5,000 [14]
Beijing Shooting Range Clay Target Field Shooting (shotgun) 5,000 [22]
Capital Indoor Stadium Volleyball (final) 18,000 [23]
Fengtai Softball Field Softball 13,000 [24]
Laoshan Mountain Bike Course Cycling (Mountain Bike) 2,000 [25]
Olympic Sports Centre Football, Modern Pentathlon (riding, running) 36,228 [26]
Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium Handball 7,000 [27]
Workers Indoor Arena Boxing 13,000 [28]
Workers Stadium Football 70,161 [29]
Ying Tung Natatorium Water Polo, Modern Pentathlon (swimming) 4,852 [30]

Temporary competition venues

Venue Sports Capacity Ref.
Beach Volleyball Ground Volleyball (beach) 12,000 [31]
BMX Field Cycling (BMX) 4,000 [32]
Olympic Green Archery Field Archery 5,000 [6]
Olympic Green Convention Center Fencing, Modern Pentathlon (fencing, shooting) 5,695 [7]
Olympic Green Hockey Field Field hockey 17,000 [8]
Triathlon Venue Triathlon 10,000 [33]
Urban Road Cycling Course Cycling (road race) n/a[n 1] [34]
Wukesong Baseball Field Baseball 18,000 [35]

Competition venues outside Beijing

Shanghai Stadium, one of the venues for the football preliminaries
Venue Location Sports Capacity Ref.
Hong Kong Equestrian Venues Hong Kong Equestrian 18,000 [36]
Qingdao International Sailing Center Qingdao Sailing n/a[n 1] [37]
Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium Qinhuangdao Football 33,572 [38]
Shanghai Stadium Shanghai Football 80,000 [39]
Shenyang Olympic Sports Center Stadium Shenyang Football 60,000 [40]
Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium Tianjin Football 60,000 [41]

Notes

^ ^ 1. Both the Urban Road Cycling Course and the Qingdao International Sailing Center did not have spectator seating, and therefore no capacities are listed in this table. Spectators for events held at these venues could observe events held in them from regular pedestrian areas such as sidewalks.

References

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  34. ^ "Road Cycling Course". Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. Archived from the original on 10 August 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2008.
  35. ^ "Beijing Wukesong Sports Center Baseball Field". Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. Archived from the original on 10 August 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2008.
  36. ^ "Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Venue". Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. Archived from the original on 9 August 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2008.
  37. ^ "Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center". Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. Archived from the original on 10 August 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2008.
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