Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium in Beijing is an indoor innovated structure, located in Olympic Green, China. The venue would host handball event in Olympic, 2008. The stadium also has three handball training courts. The venue would also hold handball games in Paralympics. It will also be useful as a venue for goalball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair fencing.
The gymnasium has the seating capacity of 7,000 spectators. It
covers the floor area of 47,410 sq m and consists of a 28,000 sq m
gymnasium, 15,000 sq m training gym, and 4,410 sq m extension. The
capacity of the gymnasium has been enhanced in all ways.
A gymnasium, which existed previously, was restructured and
reinforced to meet the requirements of the International Olympic
Committee. The gymnasium has been retrofitted with thermal
insulating windows and doors. Addition of an aluminum alloy layer on
top of the external wall has resulted in increased insulation and
energy savings. A new main entrance for spectators has been created
in the south hall of the gymnasium, replacing the older one. The new
gymnasium has wheelchair accessible ramps and barrier-free
restrooms. The athletes would also get the facility of training
gymnasium. The amount of lighting and ventilation in the gymnasium
could be controlled.
After the culmination of the Olympics, the venue would be used by
the residents as an activity centre. It would also serve as the
training venue for the Chinese teams. Thus, it would not exhaust its
utility after the Olympics.
Gymnasium of Yesteryears
The gymnasium was originally built for the 11th Asian Games in
Beijing in 1990. It was considered the most advanced sports
gymnasium at the time. With time, the gymnasium began to show signs
of wearing. For the Olympics, it has been thoroughly refurbished,
granting it a new look.