Olympics
Here is information about Capital Indoor Stadium, venue for volleyball in Olympics 2008, including location, statistics and seat capacity.

Capital Indoor Stadium

Location Haidian District, Beijing
Event Volleyball
Seat Capacity 18,000


Capital Indoor Stadium
Capital Indoor Stadium, a renovated indoor stadium in Haidian District of Beijing, would hold volleyball events in Beijing Olympic 2008. Originally built in 1968, it underwent major renovation and expansion for readying itself for the Olympic. The renovation project imparted the stadium a fresh look with enhanced capabilities. An array of functions was added to upgrade it to the Olympic level. The stadium would host volleyball games in the Olympics.

Statistics
Floor space of Capital Indoor Stadium is 54,707 square meters, expanded from the old 53,000. The stadium has the seat capacity of 18,000.

Renovation
After complete face-lifting works, Capital Indoor Stadium wears a completely fresh look. All floor planks put up here have been imported and manufactured according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) guidelines. The renovation has given the stadium many more functions to meet Olympic demands. The competition court, training courts and Games-time functional rooms have all been renovated, with the ticket counter and registration center built from scratch. The renovation project has extended the stadium's life by 30 years. Now, it is even capable of enduring a major earthquake. The renovated stadium is environment friendly and steps have been taken for ozone layer protection.

Handicap-friendly
Several handicap-accessible facilities have been built as part of renovation. Some of these are an easy to use entrance and enlarged toilets, and two special lifts. For wheelchair users, special arrangements have been done.

Prior to Olympics
Before Olympics, the venue has hosted the Good Luck Beijing 2008 China Club Volleyball Tournament.

Stadium of Yesteryears
Capital Indoor Stadium has been a useful sport facility for table tennis, badminton, volleyball, basketball and gymnastics competitions, in addition to skating and ice hockey sports. In 2001, it was a venue for World University Games.