Capital Indoor Stadium

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The indoor arena at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

The Capital Indoor Stadium (simplified Chinese: 首都体育馆; traditional Chinese: 首都體育館; pinyin: Shǒudū Tǐyùguǎn) is an indoor arena in 56 Zhongguancun South Street, Beijing, China that was built in 1968. It hosted matches between national table tennis teams of China and the United States in 1971; these matches were part of the exchange program known as ping pong diplomacy.[1]

Capital Indoor Stadium recently underwent a renovation and expansion that was completed in late 2007 for the 2008 Summer Olympics, where it hosted volleyball events.[2]

It was renovated in 2001 to become a venue for the 2001 Summer Universiade.

On 19 and 20 November 1999: Asian Tour No DoubtChage & Aska Asian Tour 1999. On 23 October 2010, the South Korean boy band, Super Junior performed two concerts at different times, the first time with their tour Super Show 3 with a sold-out crowd of 14,500 people and the second time with their tour Super Show 5 with a sold-out crowd of 13,896 people.


It has a capacity of 17,345 and a floor space of 54,707 square meters expanded from the old 53,000.

The stadium hosted one of the first NBA games in China, hosted on October 17, 2004 in front of a sellout capacity of 17,903.[3] It also hosted the first-ever professional football game featuring all-stars from the Arena Football League to help promote the new AFL China league (now known as the China American Football League.[4]

The venue is also used for figure skating and Curling and ice hockey.

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Coordinates: 39°56′19.70″N 116°19′16.20″E / 39.9388056°N 116.3211667°E / 39.9388056; 116.3211667