|Total Land Surface
||258,000 sq m
||4 billion yuan (App. USD $500 million)
National Stadium Beijing, also called the Bird's
Nest because of its unique design, is located at Olympic Green and
lies over an area of about 63.8 acres. The stadium is designed by
the famous Swiss architect Herzog & DeMeuron and China
Architecture Design Institute. Construction of the stadium commenced
in December, 2003. The stadium, located at Olympic Green, Beijing,
is owned by the Government of People's Republic of China.
National Stadium has the seating capacity of 91,000. 80,000 seats
are permanent while 11,000 seats are temporary.
Events in National Stadium
National Stadium will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of
the Olympics. The grand and modern stadium will also host Athletics
and Football events during the Olympics.
National Stadium Post Olympics
After the Olympics, the Stadium will be the stage for both national
and international sporting events, as well as cultural and
entertainment activities. Thus, it will be useful even after the
Opening of the Stadium
National Stadium was opened for the public in March, 2008.
National stadium is 330 metres long, 220 metres wide, and is 69
metres tall. It uses 258,000 square metres of space and has a usable
area of 204,000 square metres. 45,000 tonnes steel has been used for
making it. It has approximate 11,000 square metres of underground
rooms with waterproof walls. Making of the National Stadium has
costed 4 billion yuan (App. USD $500 million).
Chinese officials selected Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog
& de Meuron collaborated with ArupSport and China Architecture
Design & Research Group for making the National Stadium.
Contemporary Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, has been the Artistic
Consultant for design.