Venues of the 2008 Summer Olympics

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For the 2008 Summer Olympics, a total of thirty-seven venues were used, thirty-one in Beijing, and six outside Beijing.

The 2008 Summer Olympic Games were held in Beijing, China from 8 to 24 August 2008.[n 1] A total of 11,028 athletes from 204 NOCs participated in 302 events in 28 sports held in 37 competition venues.[1] Events took place at eleven pre-existing venues, twelve new venues constructed for the Olympics, and eight temporary venues that were removed following the games. In addition, six venues outside Beijing hosted events, two of which were newly built for the Olympics.

Beijing won its bid to host the 2008 Olympics on 13 July 2001.[2] The first new venues to begin construction were the Beijing National Stadium, Beijing National Aquatics Center, Beijing Shooting Range Hall, and the Laoshan Velodrome, where major work commenced in December 2003.[3] By May 2007, construction had begun at all of the Beijing venues for the games.[4] Approximately RMB¥13 billion (US$1.9 billion) was spent to build and renovate the venues.[5]

Several of the venues were located at the Olympic Green Olympic Park. The largest venue at the games in terms of seating capacity was the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, which could at the time hold 91,000 spectators and was the site for the opening and closing ceremonies. The smallest venue in terms of seating capacity was the temporary Laoshan Mountain Bike Course, which had seating for 2,000 spectators.

Venues[edit]

Olympic Green[edit]

Venue Sports Capacity Ref.
Beijing National Aquatic Center Swimming, Diving and Synchronized Swimming 17,000 [6]
Beijing National Indoor Stadium Gymnastics (artistic, trampoline), Handball (final) 19,000 [7]
Beijing National Stadium Athletics, Football (final) 91,000 [8]
Olympic Green Tennis Center Tennis 17,400 [9]
Olympic Green Archery Field Archery 5,000 [10]
Olympic Green Convention Center Fencing, Modern Pentathlon (fencing, shooting) 5,695 [11]
Olympic Green Hockey Field Field hockey 17,000 [12]

Universities Gymnasiums[edit]

Venue Sports Capacity Ref.
Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium Judo, Taekwondo 8,024 [13]
Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium Badminton, Gymnastics (rhythmic) 7,500 [14]
China Agricultural University Gymnasium Wrestling 8,000 [15]
Peking University Gymnasium Table tennis 8,000 [16]
Beihang University Gymnasium Weightlifting 5,400 [17]
Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium Volleyball 5,000 [18]

New competition venues[edit]

Venue Sports Capacity Ref.
Beijing National Aquatic Center Swimming, Diving and Synchronized Swimming 17,000 [19]
Beijing National Indoor Stadium Gymnastics (artistic, trampoline), Handball (final) 19,000 [20]
Beijing National Stadium Athletics, Football (final) 91,000 [21]
Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium Judo, Taekwondo 8,024 [22]
Beijing Shooting Range Hall Shooting (pistol, rifle) 9,000 [23]
Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium Badminton, Gymnastics (rhythmic) 7,500 [24]
China Agricultural University Gymnasium Wrestling 8,000 [25]
Laoshan Velodrome Cycling (track) 6,000 [26]
Olympic Green Tennis Center Tennis 17,400 [27]
Peking University Gymnasium Table tennis 8,000 [28]
Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park Rowing, Canoeing, and Swimming (marathon) 37,000 [29]
Wukesong Indoor Stadium Basketball 18,000 [30]

Existing competition venues[edit]

Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium, hosted the volleyball competition
The Workers Stadium, hosted the quarter-final and semi-final football matches
Venue Sports Capacity Ref.
Beihang University Gymnasium Weightlifting 5,400 [31]
Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium Volleyball 5,000 [32]
Beijing Shooting Range Clay Target Field Shooting (shotgun) 5,000 [33]
Capital Indoor Stadium Volleyball (final) 18,000 [34]
Fengtai Softball Field Softball 13,000 [35]
Laoshan Mountain Bike Course Cycling (Mountain Bike) 2,000 [36]
Olympic Sports Centre Football, Modern Pentathlon (riding, running) 36,228 [37]
Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium Handball 7,000 [38]
Workers Indoor Arena Boxing 13,000 [39]
Workers Stadium Football 70,161 [40]
Ying Tung Natatorium Water Polo, Modern Pentathlon (swimming) 4,852 [41]

Temporary competition venues[edit]

Venue Sports Capacity Ref.
Beach Volleyball Ground Volleyball (beach) 12,000 [42]
BMX Field Cycling (BMX) 4,000 [43]
Olympic Green Archery Field Archery 5,000 [44]
Olympic Green Convention Center Fencing, Modern Pentathlon (fencing, shooting) 5,695 [45]
Olympic Green Hockey Field Field hockey 17,000 [46]
Triathlon Venue Triathlon 10,000 [47]
Urban Road Cycling Course Cycling (road race) n/a[n 2] [48]
Wukesong Baseball Field Baseball 18,000 [49]

Competition venues outside Beijing[edit]

Shanghai Stadium, one of the venues for the football preliminaries
Venue Location Sports Capacity Ref.
Hong Kong Equestrian Venues Hong Kong Equestrian 18,000 [50]
Qingdao International Sailing Center Qingdao Sailing n/a[n 2] [51]
Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium Qinhuangdao Football 33,572 [52]
Shanghai Stadium Shanghai Football 80,000 [53]
Shenyang Olympic Sports Center Stadium Shenyang Football 60,000 [54]
Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium Tianjin Football 60,000 [55]

Notes[edit]

^ 1. Although the official opening of the games was on 8 August 2008, football games were held beginning on 6 August.[56]
^ ^ 2. Both the Urban Road Cycling Course and the Qingdao International Sailing Center did not have spectator seating, and therefore in this table no capacities are listed. Spectators for events held at these venues could observe events held in them from regular pedestrian areas such as sidewalks.

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