Asian Games fans will be able to “Enter the Dragon” at Hangzhou 2022, with renovations completed on the Yellow Dragon Sports Center football stadium.
The Yellow Dragon (or Huanglong) sports complex has undergone a two-year renovation and reconstruction programme and comprises a main stadium with an athletics track around the pitch, a gymnasium and a swimming/diving centre.
The main stadium has a capacity of 52,000 and will be one of the football venues at the Asian Games. The gymnasium seats 6,000 spectators and will host the gymnastics competition, while the swimming/diving centre seats 2,000 and will host water polo.
The complex is located 18km from the Asian Games Village and was built between 1997 and 2003, with the main stadium opening in 2000.
There will be a total of 55 competition venues for the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, eastern China, from September 10-25, 2022.
The south and north towers of the stadium also feature new LED screens, which are expected to hold various light shows. The stadium also features a one-kilometer intelligent skywalk.
PSAM editor John Sheehan caught up with Yves De Cocker, Managing Director of PitchTecConcept, who explains how his company bridges the gap between sports organisations and the technology used in the playing surface industry.
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The key reasons for Yves launching PitchTecConcept
Common mistakes often made with playing surface management
The steps he offers as a bridge between the industry and the end user
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