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Xi’an Olympic Centre Stadium completed

A long-awaited milestone has been reached in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province with the completion of Xi’an Olympic Centre Stadium.

The stadium, which will host the opening ceremony and track and field competitions for the country’s 14th National Games in 2021, was delivered on the 99th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.

Located in the Xi’an International Trade & Logistics Park, the new 60,000-seat stadium is nicknamed “pomegranate flower” for its unique shape.

Construction of the stadium progressed despite the Covid-19 outbreak.

Hao Qing, the project’s design manager, told China’s Xinhua news agency that his team had overcome great challenges to ensure the venue was completed on schedule, when importing materials and inviting foreign experts became difficult amid pandemic-related global travel restrictions. Qing said:

We have 136 lamp posts around the stadium, each of which can be a router, a video monitor, and music broadcaster or warning system.

We will take advantage of advanced technologies including 5G wireless communication and face-recognition technologies to improve athletes’ performance and the audience’s experience.

Meanwhile, construction work has begun on the venue for baseball and softball at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games.

Once built, the stadium promises to be the largest baseball-softball arena in China.

The Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games are set to run from September 10 to 25 and Shaoxing will be the venue for other sports as well, including sport climbing and basketball.