Saturday, 30 April 2016

Beijing National Stadium

Beijing National Stadium

Beijing National Stadium
Beijing National Stadium, officially the National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育; pinyin: guójiā tǐyùchǎng), also known as theBird's Nest (; niǎocháo), is a stadium in Beijing, The stadium (BNS) was a joint venture among architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron of Herzog & de Meuron, project architect Stefan Marbach, artist Ai Weiwei, and CADG which was led by chief architect Li Xinggang. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics and will be used again in the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The stadium is currently used mostly for football matches.

Full name                       : National Stadium
Location                         : Beijing, China
Executive suites              : 140
Capacity                         : 80.000
            91.000 (2008 Olympics)
Record Attendance        : 89,102 (Nigeria–Argentina, 23 August 2008)
Surface                           : Grass
Broke ground                 : 24 December 2003
Built                                : September 2007
Opened                         : 28 June 2008
Construction cost           : 2,9 billion
            $ 423 million ($465 million in 2014 dollars[3])
            € 399 million (In 2014)
Architect                         : Herzog & de Meuron
            China Architectural Design & Research Group
            Ai Weiwei (Artistic consultant)
Structural engineer        : Arup

The stadium covers an area of about 258 thousand square meters (99.614 square miles), which can accommodate 80,000 fixed seats and 11,000 temporary seats. Its appearance was formed by big steel frames. Its top surface is saddle-shaped with the major axis of 332.3 meters (1,090 feet) and the stub axis of 296.4 meters (972 feet). The tallest point of the stadium is 68.5 meters (225 feet) above the ground and the lowest point is 42.8 meters (140 feet). The top is covered by semi-transparent air bubble film. This kind of material is waterproof and can make enough sunshine penetrate into the stadium. Owing to that, the lawns in it can grow well.


In it, the designs of everything are humanistic. The bowl-like stands zone surrounds the court. The stands can be changed in many ways, which can satisfy the needs of different numbers of spectators in different periods. During the Olympics, the temporary seats were set at the top of the stands zone. Rows of the stands distribute scientifically. No matter where the spectator is seated, the whole game can be seen without any visual obstruction. The stadium adopted the electro-acoustic public-address system. It makes the index of voice definition reaches 0.6. This number assures that all the audience can hear the broadcast very clearly. What's more, there are more than 200 wheelchair seats intended for the disabled. Many architectural experts think that it not only is a symbol building of the 2008 Olympics but also set a very good example to the world's architectural history.

By Bus:
Take bus 82, 538 or 645 and get off at Guo Jia Ti Yu Chang Dong Station.
Take bus 108, 124, 18, 328, 380, 387, 409, 426, 620, 653, 694, Te 11 or T2 and get off at Ao Ti Dong Men (Olympic Sports Center East Gate) Station.
Take bus 407 and get off at Ao Ti Xi Men (Olympic Sports Center West Gate) Station.

By Subway:
Subway Line 10 to Beitucheng then switch to Subway Line 8 (Olympic Special Line): get off at Olympic Sports Center Station, get out of the station from Exit B1 (northwest exit) or Exit B2 (northeast exit), and walk north to it. Beijing Bus / Subway Search

Admission Fee:
Common Ticket: CNY 50
VIP Ticket: CNY 80 (including Golden Hall, Golden Corridor, Rostrum on the 2nd floor, No.1 and No.2 VIP Halls and visiting area open to ordinary visitors)
Free of charge for children below 3.9 feet (1.2 meters)
CNY 80 for air corridor
* CNY120 (weekdays) and CNY160 (weekends and public holidays) during the Happy Snow and Ice Season.

1. Visitors can buy combo tickets (CNY 80) for Bird's Nest and Water Cube.
2. Combo ticket including VIP experience and air corridor is CNY 110.
Opening Hours:
April to October: 9:00 to 19:00
November to next March: 9:00 to 17:30.

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