II. Development of Olympic Venues and Related Facilities
The venues and related facilities for the 2008 Olympic Games will be designed and constructed in accordance with the technical requirements of the International Olympic Committee and the International Sports Federations and in line with China's national conditions and Beijing's actual development. In the development, experience and lessons from other host cities in venue construction will be taken into account, and our commitments in the "Candidature File" and the "Host City Contract" will be honored.
1. Principles, Status and locations
1) In planning and designing the venues, we will give full consideration to both the Olympic competitions and post-Games uses. While meeting the technical requirements of the IOC, we will maximize the social benefits of the Olympic venues, giving full consideration to the needs of the citizens for sports and the long-term functions of venues for hosting cultural, sport, commercial, tourist, and recreational activities, as well as meetings and exhibitions.
2) We will keep frugality in mind in the development of the venues. The size, location and number of the venues and facilities to be constructed will be reviewed and verified. Existing facilities that can be adapted or expanded for Olympic purpose will be used instead of building new ones, and temporary venues will be built in place of permanent ones.
3) We will create masterpieces of sports facilities that reflect the integration of construction technologies, architectural art and environmental protection and fully embody the concept of sustainable development, leaving a unique Olympic legacy to the capital city.
Status: 37 venues will be used for Olympic competitions, 32 of which in Beijing and 5 of which outside the city. Of the 32 venues in Beijing, 19 will be newly-constructed (including 6 temporary sites) and 13 are existing facilities to be renovated or expanded. In addition, 59 training sites will be renovated and special facilities for the Paralympics will be constructed. Of the 5 venues outside Beijing, the Qingdao International Sailing Center, Tianjin Stadium, and Qinhuangdao Stadium will be newly constructed while Shenyang Wulihe Stadium and Shanghai Stadium are existing ones to be renovated.
Locations: The venue distribution can be described as "one center plus three areas". The Olympic Green, containing 13 venues, will be the center for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The Western Community Area will include 9 venues, among which Wukesong Culture and Sports Center will become a venue for cultural and sports activities in southwest Beijing after the Olympic Games. The University Area will harbor 4 venues, including the Capital Indoor Stadium, all of which will become places for cultural and sports activities for colleges and local communities after the Games. 2 venues, including Beijing Country Equestrian Park, will be located in the North Scenic Spot Area, facilitating the development of suburban tourism. In addition, in other areas, 4 venues, including the Workers' Stadium, will be renovated or expanded, providing places for cultural and sports activities for the neighboring residents.