One of the main venues for the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China in September 2022 is nearing completion.
The Asian Games Natatorium is located in the heart of Olympic Park – the Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Centre, near the “Big Lotus” main stadium and “Little Lotus” tennis centre.
The newly built aquatics centre has a gross floor area of 397,000m2 and will host the swimming, diving and artistic swimming events at the 19th Asian Games. The water polo will be at a different venue – the Dragon Sports Centre.
The aquatics centre will have a seating capacity of 6,484 – and will host the next stage of the exciting China/Japan swimming rivalry that captivated the crowds at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, as well as providing the perfect platform to witness the wizardry of the Chinese diving team.
In a Facebook post on March 11, the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 reported:
The natatorium for the 19th #AsianGames #Hangzhou2022 is now taking shape. The venue, which features a design concept inspired by the Milky Way, is expected to be completed within the month!
Meanwhile, the Hangzhou Asian Games Committee has said that the Hangzhou Downtown Venue has become the official competition venue for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games esports events.
Construction on the venue started in September of 2020 and is expected to be completed half a month ahead of schedule. In addition, the pile foundations have been completed, and the basement build is 60% finished.
The 2022 Asian Games are schedule to run from Sept. 10-25.
The whole venue will have a seating capacity of 4,087 seat capacity across 80m2.
Esports, alongside break dancing, were approved to join the 19th Hangzhou Asian Games as medal sports by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) at the end of 2020.