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Beijing National Stadium

Beijing National Stadium

Beijing National Stadium, colloquially as the Bird's Nest , is a stadium in Beijing, China. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.

 

Located in the Olympic Green, the $423 million stadium is the world's largest steel structure. The design was awarded to a submission from the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron in April 2003, after a bidding process that included 13 final submissions. The design, which originated from the study of Chinese ceramics, implemented steel beams in order to hide supports for the retractable roof; giving the stadium the appearance of a "Bird's nest". Ai Weiwei, the artistic consultant, played a critical role in pushing the design to have unique Chinese characteristics. The retractable roof was later removed from the design after inspiring the stadium's most recognizable aspect.Ground was broken in December 2003 and the stadium officially opened in June 2008. A shopping mall and a hotel are planned to be constructed to increase use of the stadium, which has had trouble attracting events, football and otherwise, after the Olympics.

 

The stadium will host a Bledisloe Cup match in the next few years, after Hong Kong hosted a match in 2008 and Tokyo will host a match in October 2009.

 

In addition, there have been rumors of ongoing talks for a street race around the National Stadium and the Olympic Green for the A1 Grand Prix series as early as the next seven years.

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