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Hangzhou paves the way for excellence

ByMary M. Ward

Apr 1, 2022

The Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center, the main venue for the 2022 Asian Games, has a stunning butterfly-shaped venue that includes a natatorium and gymnasium to host swimming, diving and basketball. Behind the giant silver-white structure is the main center stadium – aka the “Big Lotus” – which will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as the athletics events. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Asian Games venues completed as state-of-the-art facilities promise to deliver exceptional event

Less than six months from the end, preparations for the Asian Games in Hangzhou are in full swing.

Organizers delivered the latest update on Thursday, confirming that all competition venues have been completed.

All 56 venues for the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 (September 10-25) and the Fourth Asian Para Games (October 9-15) have been completed on schedule, according to the organizing committee. They include 12 new sites, 26 renovated, nine rebuilt and nine temporary sites.

In addition, a total of 31 training venues, one Asian Games Village and four Asian Games sub-villages will be ready in the coming months to provide accommodation, catering and medical services to athletes and other participants.

Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, will host the most events during the Games.

The city’s Huanglong Sports Center, which includes a main stadium, gymnasium and natatorium, will host football, gymnastics and water polo at the Asian Games, as well as athletics events for the Para-Asian Games.

The soccer field at Huanglong Stadium is made up of both natural and artificial grass, which makes it more durable than a standard surface and helps it recover faster amid a busy schedule of games during the Games.

According to Song Haiqiang, senior engineer at Huanglong Sports Center, the stadium has a world-class plastic track that offers superior performance and is environmentally friendly.

“The stadium can accommodate up to 60,000 people. All seats have also been upgraded with more vibrant colors, such as purple, orange and blue,” Song said.

The main stadium of Huanglong Sports Center will host football at the Asian Games. [Photo provided to China Daily]

“In addition, there will be two 360-degree circular screen strips, 590 meters and 490 meters in length respectively inside the stadium. These will provide an enjoyable and unique viewing experience for the audience.”

Two 85-meter-tall towers stand on either side of the stadium with two large screens in their center to show scores and replays of action during the Games in real time.

On the east and west sides of each tower, laser projections can present live images of events in real time, and can be seen with the naked eye up to 3 kilometers away.

As the site that will host the most competitions during the Asian Games in Hangzhou, the Huanglong Center will hold six test competitions, including five at the national level, from April to June to ensure that preparations are carried out in the best possible way. as in-depth as possible.

The Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center is arguably the most breathtaking of all the new Games venues. A main stadium, nicknamed the “Giant Lotus” thanks to its lotus flower design, will host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the athletics competitions.

The center’s most eye-catching venue is a butterfly-shaped building that combines a natatorium and a gymnasium, and features a silver-white metal roof.

The design is inspired by the Chinese folk tale by Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, sometimes referred to as “The Butterfly Lovers” and nicknamed the “Eastern Romeo and Juliet”.

Meng Fangli, staff member of the Asian Games operating company, said the main gymnasium covers a total construction area of ​​76,107 square meters.

“There are 18,000 seats, 15,000 of which are fixed. Forty disabled seats have been added, and each barrier-free seat is equipped with a corresponding chair for a guide or carer,” Meng said.

Fuyang Yinhu Sports Center in Fuyang District of Hangzhou will host shooting, archery and modern pentathlon. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The natatorium, which includes a swimming pool and a diving pool, has a construction area of ​​53,959 square meters and can accommodate about 6,000 spectators.

Above the main gymnasium and natatorium are 210 light tubes that diffuse natural light inside, according to Guo Jingyang, public relations manager for the Asian Games operating company.

After the Games, the main gymnasium will host large-scale events and artistic activities, while the swimming area will be open to the public and serve as a training ground for athletes.

Meanwhile, Fuyang Yinhu Sports Center in Fuyang District will host shooting, archery and modern pentathlon during the Games.

The design of the building, which features 34,000 louvers (angled slats), is inspired by the silhouette of the famous Chinese landscape painting Fuchun Mountain Residence.

The construction of Fuyang Yinhu Sports Center takes full advantage of being surrounded by mountains and water to create a Chinese garden effect.

Wu Xiao, project manager of the construction department, said more than 34,000 rotating louvers were installed on the curtain walls to form an image of the Fuchun Mountains.

With a special design behind each louver, the Fuchun Mountains image presents an artistic impression of the Fuchun landscape with a 200-meter-long luminous belt on the ceiling of the museum when night falls.

After the Games, the Hangzhou Shooting Management Center will occupy the main venue to host shooting sports training, competitions and exhibitions.

Fuyang District will host competitions such as rowing, canoeing, kayaking, shooting, archery and modern pentathlon. A total of 77 gold medals will be up for grabs in Fuyang during the Games.

Fang Xiaoying in Hangzhou contributed to this story