Shanghai Stadium

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Shanghai Stadium
上海体育场
Shanghai Stadium
Location Shanghai, China
Opened 1997
Owner Shanghai East Asia Sports & Culture Center
Surface Grass
Capacity 80,000
Tenants
Shanghai East Asia F.C.

The Shanghai Stadium (simplified Chinese: 上海体育场; traditional Chinese: 上海體育場; pinyin: Shànghǎi Tǐyùchǎng) is a multi-purpose stadium in Shanghai, China. It is currently used mostly for football matches of Chinese Super League club Shanghai East Asia.

The stadium was built in 1997 when the 8th National Games of the People's Republic of China was held in Shanghai. It can hold about 80,000 people, so it is also called the "80,000 people's Stadium" (八万人体育场). It is one of the thirty largest football stadiums in the world, and is the third largest stadium in China after the Guangdong Olympic Stadium and the Beijing National Stadium. It was used for football preliminaries at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Shanghai Stadium was also the venue for the Opening Ceremony of the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Name[edit]

Shanghai Stadium is close to Shanghai Indoor Stadium. Since the names of the two buildings differ by only a word in both Chinese and in English, many people have confused the two. This has been made worse by the opening of Shanghai Metro Line 4, in which the two are situated at adjacent stops.

Accommodation[edit]

The Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel is located within the stadium.

Transportation[edit]

To reach Shanghai Stadium, take Shanghai Metro Line 4 to the Shanghai Stadium station.

In popular culture[edit]

The stadium and Shanghai's skyline are used in the opening credits of the sport section on Euronews.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 31°11′0.61″N 121°26′14.28″E / 31.1835028°N 121.4373000°E / 31.1835028; 121.4373000