Niaochao 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 Niaochao National Stadium and get the most from your holiday in Beijing, create itinerary details personal to you using our Beijing vacation route planner.
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Great to see, I'd suggest going there end of afternoon in order to see the stadium both during the day and night. You won't only go for the stadium, there are different Olympic buildings around includ... read more »
Ptačí hnízdo je stadion vybudovaný pro olympiádu, která se konala v roce 2008. Majestátní stavba, nezvyklé konstrukce. My rozhodně doporučujeme návštěvu v noci, kdy je Ptačí hnízdo osvětleno různými b... read more »Bird's nest Stadium built for the Olympics, which was held in 2008. The majestic building, unusual design. We definitely recommend a visit at night, when the bird's nest is illuminated in different colors (and often gaudy ads). During the day, for 50 Yuan, you can look inside.show original
The Bird's Nest or Niaochao National stadium is a statement par excellence for the modern nation of China... the scale of this edifice isn't palpable until you visit and experience it.. a must visit..... read more »
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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