Incheon Asiad Main Stadium

The Incheon Stadium, commonly known as the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium (Korean: 인천아시아드주경기장, romanizedIncheon Asiadeu Jugyeong-gijang), is a stadium located in Incheon, South Korea. Completed in July 2014, it is used mostly for athletics meets and was the main venue of the 2014 Asian Games. The stadium has been designed with an initial capacity of roughly 60,000 spectators. After the 2014 Asian Games, capacity was reduced to 30,000 spectators. The stadium has an oval running track enclosing a regulation-size soccer field. Outside, there's a tennis court, a subsidiary stadium, and the 1,415.13 m2 Yeonhui Cricket Ground.[3]

Incheon Stadium
Asiad Main Stadium
View of Stadium in June 2014
Map
Full nameIncheon Asiad Main Stadium
Location1048 Bongsu-daero
Seo-gu
Incheon
South Korea
Coordinates37°32′51″N 126°39′57″E / 37.547418°N 126.665797°E / 37.547418; 126.665797
OwnerMunicipality of Incheon
Capacity29,465
61,074 (2014 Asian Games)[2]
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground25 June 2011
Opened1 July 2014
Construction costKorean Won 496 billion
USD $ 429 million
ArchitectPopulous[1]

The main stadium was used for the opening and closing ceremony and athletics competitions of the 2014 Asian Games and 2014 Asian Para Games.[4][5] Utilizing the long linear landscape from South to North to actively connect to surrounding parks, and the natural continuity of the rooftops to facilitate the approach by spectators, in order to overcome the difficulty of approaching the long site while emphasizing the potential of the area. It attempts to depict the movements of people with the lines and soft curvatures of dancing in order to link with Seungmu (Buddhist dance), and to express dynamic movement with the tide and wind, which represent the sea of Incheon.

Design and construction Edit

On April 17, 2007, Incheon was chosen as the venue for the 15-day Asiad that will be held from September to October 2014.Forecasts at the time indicated that around 20,000 people would participate in the event, with 13,000 athletes and delegates from the 43 National Olympic Committees from Asia were going to represent their countries, while around 7 thousand media representatives could to cover the event.

Due to the lack of a stadium or a suitable place in the city for athletics events, the Bid Committee decided to build a stadium that suited the needs of the Games. But, at the same time as it was built for the event, could not become a "white elephant", as the city's main stadium was Munhak Stadium. However, Olympic Council of Asia rules state that the minimum capacity for a stadium to host ceremonies and athletics during the Asian Games is of more than 45 thousand people.Due this conditions,the bid committee made an international competition winning by the global architeture firm Populous that also designed London's London Olympic Stadium has designed the stadium in collaboration with Heerim Architects and Planners. The chief feature of the stadium is its sustainability. The design configures the main facilities towards the permanent western side, while the temporary seating spaces towards the eastern side. The temporary seating will be removed after the games.

In the beginning of the stadium, the reflections of the traditional Buddhist ritual Seung Moo Dance is seen. It exhibits form and space around active movement. The forces of yin and yang form the nucleus of the architectural design. The stadium was built based on the three concepts of "incorporating light", "bringing in the rising wind", and "dancing with joy" to embody the energy of Incheon and the excitement shared by the participating countries through sporting events.

The five-story main stadium stretches across a total ground area of 113,620 m2 and is designed to seat over 60,000 spectators. Its two huge roofs form delicate undulating curves and its overall shape looks like a spaceship, which blends perfectly with the vast lawn plaza. The surrounding areas of the main stadium were designed in an environment-friendly manner, including the Eco Canal that connects two streams flowing nearby and Biotope, a small-scale ecological habitat. The sculptures throughout the stadium grounds are also noteworthy. After Asian Games come to an end, the main stadium will be re-purposed into a multi-use space for a wider range of cultural events[6] The stadium uses eco-friendly energy, such as solar heat and terrestrial heat, as well as state-of-the-art information technologies (IT). Seven sports facilities such sports as swimming, volleyball, tennis and bowling will get under way.

Transport Edit

The stadium has a total of 1,977 parking spaces. The stadium is served by 10 different bus stops (Line 1, 7, 13, 17, 17-1, 70, 77, 700, 700-1 and 903) and also 42-1 for 78m that is linked to downtown. Geomam station (Airport Railroad Line), Exit 1 is other transport link. Incheon Subway Line 2 has a total of 4 stations in the Asiad Park.[7]

 
Stadium during 2014 Asian Games opening ceremony

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Incheon Asiad Main Stadium". Archived from the original on 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
  2. ^ 17th Asian Games, Main Stadium Archived 2014-07-08 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Populous-designed Incheon Asiad Main Stadium to host opening and closing ceremony of the 17th Asian Games
  4. ^ "A complete guide to the 36 sports at Asian Games 2014". News18. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  5. ^ Paralympic (17 October 2014). "Five Athletics Rivalries Incheon 2014". paralympic.org. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  6. ^ Visit Korea: Incheon Asiad Stadium[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Incheon Asiad Main Stadium (인천아시아드주경기장)". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-09-24.

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Preceded by Asian Games
Opening and Closing Ceremonies

2014
Succeeded by
Preceded by Asian Games
Main Stadium

2014
Succeeded by

37°32′51″N 126°39′57″E / 37.547418°N 126.665797°E / 37.547418; 126.665797