Workers' Stadium

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Workers' Stadium
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese工人体育场
Traditional Chinese工人體育場
工体
Workers Stadium.jpg
LocationChaoyang District, Beijing, China
OwnerBeijing Municipal Bureau of Sports[citation needed]
Operator
Capacity65,094
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Opened1959
Renovated2001, 2004, 2008, and 2020–2022
Tenants
Beijing Guoan (until 2020)
China national football team (until 2020)
Satellite image of Workers' Stadium. (1967-09-20)
Workers' Stadium

The Workers' Stadium (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Gōngrén Tǐyùchǎng), often called Gongti or Gong Ti, is a multi-purpose stadium in the Chaoyang District of north-eastern Beijing, China. It was mostly used for association football matches. The stadium was built in 1959 and was last renovated in 2004 (the concrete structure was strengthened, a new rotating display screen and energy-saving devices were installed). It had a capacity of 65,094 and covers a land area of 350,000 square metres (3,800,000 sq ft). It was one of the Ten Great Buildings constructed in 1959 for the tenth anniversary of the People's Republic of China. The stadium was closed for permanent renovation in 2020 and will reopen in December 2022.[1]

History[edit]

The stadium was the main venue for the 1990 Asian Games, where the opening and closing ceremonies were held. Some high attendance matches of the Beijing Guo'an football club are held at the stadium. In 1993, the stadium was host to a slew of world records set by the world-leading group of Chinese distance runners at the seventh edition of the Chinese National Games, the most famous being international stars and world champions Wang Junxia and Qu Yunxia, who had dominated the 1993 World Championships a month before.

The stadium holds claim to the fastest women's 1500 m time ever recorded of 3:50.46, the fastest women's 3000 m of 8:06.11 and the fastest women's 10,000 m of 29:31.78. These world records still stand today and are arguably the stadium's biggest claim to fame.[2] The next year, the stadium was partially demolished and renovated as part of China's bid for the 2000 Olympic Games, which ultimately failed. The stadium continued to be a mainstay of Beijing sports into the 21st century, being the 2001 Summer Universiade and the Grand Final venue of 2004 AFC Asian Cup.

After Beijing became the host of the 2008 Summer Olympics in July 2001 which the stadium was originally intended as the main venue, it hosted the football quarter-finals and semi-finals, and the women's gold medal final. The stadium was scheduled to host the first ever NFL game played in China, a preseason game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots on August 8, 2007. However, the China Bowl was canceled in April 2007. The reasons given were that the NFL wanted to devote all its resources to the scheduled regular season game between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants, to be played in London on October 28, 2007.

The stadium was the host for the 2009 Barclays Asia Trophy on 29 July and 31 July 2009, featuring Beijing Guoan, and Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Hull City. It also hosted FC Bayern Munich's pre-season China Tour of 2012, during which the Bundesliga club had a friendly match with Beijing Guoan. The areas north (Sanlitun), east, and west of the stadium are popular nightlife destinations. The xi men (West Gate) offers a strip of nightclubs. The Workers Indoor Arena is located to the west of the stadium. The stadium has been used for concerts as well. Global superstar Mariah Carey began her sold-out five-show tour at the Workers Stadium, and Linkin Park played The Hunting Party Tour at July 26, 2015 in front of an audience of 60,000.[3]

Interior during the 2008 Summer Olympics

On 4 January 2020, Workers' Stadium was announced as a host venue for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.[4] After finishing the 2019 season Beijing Guoan will play at the Olympic Sports Centre Stadium for three years while renovations ahead of the tournament take place.[5] The engineering firm of the rebuild project is Beijing Construction Engineering Group. The new stadium will open in December 2022.[1]

Demolition of the Workers' Stadium in August 2020

Notable concerts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "工人体育场将升级改造成专业足球场 2022年12月交付使用". 2020-08-05. Archived from the original on 2020-09-22.
  2. ^ "视频:新中国日记 传奇马家军的成名之战-搜狐视频". tv.sohu.com.
  3. ^ Ang, Francis Eduard (28 July 2015). "Linkin Park Rocks Beijing Workers' Stadium". yibada.com.
  4. ^ AFC official website announces 2023 China Asian Cup stadium, dongqiudi.net, 04 January 2020
  5. ^ Guo'an to Move Next Season as Workers' Stadium Begins 3-Year Renovations, The Beijinger, 22 October 2020

External links[edit]

Media related to Beijing Workers Stadium at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 39°55′46.3″N 116°26′28.1″E / 39.929528°N 116.441139°E / 39.929528; 116.441139

Events and tenants
Preceded by Summer Universiade
Main venue

2001
Succeeded by
Preceded by AFC Asian Cup
Final venue

2004
Succeeded by
Preceded by Summer Olympics
Women's football gold medal match venue

2008
Succeeded by
Preceded by AFC Asian Cup
Opening venue

2023
Succeeded by
TBD
Preceded by
Zayed Sports City Stadium
Abu Dhabi
AFC Asian Cup
Final venue

2023
Succeeded by
TBD