National Stadium, Beijing
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Beijing National Stadium, officially the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, 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.HistoryLocated at the Olympic Green, the stadium cost US$428 million. The design was awarded to a submission from the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron in April 2003 after a bidding process that included 13 final submissions. The design, which originated from the study of Chinese ceramics, implemented steel beams in order to hide supports for the retractable roof; giving the stadium the appearance of a bird's nest. Leading Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was the artistic consultant on the project. The retractable roof was later removed from the design after inspiring the stadium's most recognizable aspect. Ground was broken on 24 December 2003 and the stadium officially opened on 28 June 2008. A shopping mall and a hotel are planned to be constructed to increase use of the stadium, which has had trouble attracting events, football and otherwise, after the Olympics.To visit National Stadium on your trip to Beijing, use our Beijing family vacation planner.
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The overall structure from outside is very impressive -both for the athletic as well as the one for swimming (blue colour structure from outside). We could not go inside as we got late but we could se... read more »
北京オリンピック公園から眺めました。とにかく巨大なスタジアムで驚きました。そして形でまたユニークで見応えがあり、来て良かったなと思います。ただ、大気汚染がひどくてもやがかかる中での見学だったので、晴れた日に見てみたいです。From the Beijing Olympic Park.. I was blown away in a huge Stadium. And in also in unique, spectacular and I was come. Would love to see because it was the visitors however, excessive air pollution and haze in sunny day.show original
Был там на церемонии закрытия Олимпиады 2008 года со спортсменами,по работе...Впечатления чумовые,переполняют эмоции когда стоишь на поле,а сам стадион уходит в небеса,красиво построили,молодцы китайц... read more »Was there on year 2008 Olympics closing ceremony with athletes, ... Impressions of kinky, overwhelm emotions when you stand on the field and the stadium goes to heaven, beautifully built, well done Chinese, by the way very hardworking ...show original
Been here with my wife June.2015 huge sports faciluty approx 70 has home for diff sports discipline and a collosal stage to exibit THE VERY BEST OF MANS SKILLS IN SPORTS OF SELECTED FEW REPRESENT
Beijing National Stadium, colloquially as the Bird's Nest, is a stadium in Beijing, China. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Located in the Olympic Green, the $423 million stadium is the world's largest steel structure. The design was awarded to a submission from the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron in April 2003, after a bidding process that included 13 final submissions. The design, which originated from the study of Chinese ceramics, implemented steel beams in order to hide supports for the retractable roof; giving the stadium the appearance of a "Bird's nest". Ai Weiwei, the artistic consultant, played a critical role in pushing the design to have unique Chinese characteristics. The retractable roof was later removed from the design after inspiring the stadium's most recognizable aspect. Ground was broken in December 2003 and the stadium officially opened in June 2008.
I went to the IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in September 2015. The Bird's Nest is definitely an impressive facility. The levels are fairly easy to navigate and there were ushers to assist with finding seats all over the stadium, even though we had complete inability to communicate in the same language. I was surprised that there weren't more concession stands inside the stadium. Many of what I thought were concessions were actually selling official merchandise souvenirs. Seating was basic for a large arena. Hard, fold down seats. Plenty adequate but not cushioned or large. I have 2 complaints about the Bird's Nest. 1. The jumbo screens are not positioned so that you can see them from EVERY seat. 2. The acoustics could be a lot better. I was unable to understand the announcements that were made in English. Overall, a great experience, but not one of the top 10 arenas that I've been to see a sports event.
May 2015 - Magnificent architecture that's definitely worth a visit. Unfortunately, the lights were down when we visited in the evening so we didn't get a chance to view it in its full glory.
Iconic stadium at the center of the Beijing Olympic Park. Looks just like any picture of it, but the whole Olympic Park is a super cool place to visit, so definitely do if you're in the area.
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