||Chaoyang District, Beijing
Beijing Workers' Gymnasium, a renovated indoor
gymnasium, would host the event of boxing in Beijing Olympics, 2008.
The expanded and renovated gymnasium complex includes a 1,628-sq-m
energy resource center, a main boxing arena, and two warm-up halls.
The Gymnasium will also play a role in the Paralympics, scheduled to
be organized after the Olympics culminate. Total land surface of the
venue is 40,200 sq m.
The gymnasium has been structurally reinforced to protect it from
an eight-magnitude earthquake. Improvements have been done for
making tasks barrier-free like wheelchair ramps at the north, south,
east, and west entrances and no-barrier restrooms in the spectator,
VIP, and athlete areas. Wheelchair accessible seating areas have
been made on the floor, near the competition area. Large scale
updation has been done on ventilation, lighting, electrical
equipment, acoustics and sound insulation, and spectator seats.
Newly installed windows have given a major facelift to the
gymnasium. The windows are made of an environmentally friendly
aluminum alloy and are energy efficient.
The seating capacity of Beijing Workers' Gymnasium is 13,000. Of
these, 12,000 are permanent while the remaining 1,000 are temporary
and would be removed when the Olympics culminate. There are an
additional 240 journalist seats, 30 VIP seats, and a VIP lounge.
Parking of the gymnasium could accommodate 400 cars at any time.
Gym of Yesteryears
Beijing Workers' Gymnasium was originally built in 1961, for the
26th World Table Tennis Championships. The gym drew acclaim at that
time as a fantastic place for sports. After the championships, the
gym was used for holding several major sporting events. Many table
tennis, basketball, and volleyball competitions were held in the
gymnasium. The gym has been renovated for the Beijing Olympics,
keeping in view the demands of changing times.