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The National Indoor Stadium[2] (official name) (simplified Chinese: 国家体育馆; traditional Chinese: 國家體育館; pinyin: Guójiā Tǐyùguǎn),[3] is an indoor stadium that is located in the Olympic Green in Beijing, China. The stadium was constructed for the 2008 Summer Olympics. It is nicknamed the Fan (扇子, shànzi) due to its design resembling a traditional Chinese folding fan. It is also used for basketball.

National Indoor Stadium
The National Indoor Stadium
LocationOlympic Green, Beijing, China
OwnerGovernment of the PRC
Capacity18,000 (sometimes with 2,000 temporary stands)[1]
Broke groundMay 30, 2005
OpenedNovember 26, 2007
Construction costyuan ¥650 million
USD $ 95 million
EUR € 65 million architect = Beijing Institute of Technology Design
Beijing Urban Engineering Design & Research Institute
Chinese Olympic Committee

The stadium opened its doors on November 26, 2007 for the artistic Gymnastics test event.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, it hosted the Artistic Gymnastics, Trampolining, and Handball events. After the Olympics, the stadium is used for sports competition, cultural and entertaining purposes, and serves as a multi-functional exercise center for local residents. The stadium will be used for ice hockey during the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The stadium has a capacity of 20,000 people.[citation needed]


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