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The Jiangwan Stadium (simplified Chinese: 江湾体育场; traditional Chinese: 江灣體育場), formerly Shanghai Stadium, is a multi-purpose athletics stadium in Shanghai.

Jiangwan Stadium
Jiangwan Stadium main grandstand.jpg
Former namesShanghai Stadium
LocationYangpu District, Shanghai
Coordinates31°18′24″N 121°30′55″E / 31.3068°N 121.5154°E / 31.3068; 121.5154Coordinates: 31°18′24″N 121°30′55″E / 31.3068°N 121.5154°E / 31.3068; 121.5154
Public transitShanghai Metro logo.svg SML10.svg Jiangwan Stadium Station
OwnerShanghai Municipal Government
Capacity25,000 (11,000 for AFL)
Field size330m x 175m
Construction
Opened1934
ArchitectDong Dayou
Tenants
Port Adelaide Football Club (AFL) (2017–present)
Gold Coast Football Club (AFL) (2017–2018)
St Kilda Football Club (AFL) (2019–present)
Website
http://www.kic-jwsc.com

HistoryEdit

 
The Jiangwan Sports Centre precinct under construction in 1935.

Jiangwan Stadium was built in 1934 as part of the Greater Shanghai Plan. It hosted its first National Games of China in 1935.

During World War II the stadium was damaged by the Japanese during the Battle of Shanghai.[1]

The Kuomintang government repaired the stadium for the Seventh National Games in 1948. This would be the last National Games before the People's Republic of China was established in 1949.

It hosted the National Games of China for the last time in 1983 when 8,943 athletes took part in 26 sports.

Australian rules footballEdit

 
The outside of the stadium

On 17 October 2010, the stadium hosted an exhibition Australian Football League (AFL) post season match between the Melbourne Demons and the Brisbane Lions.[2]

On 14 May 2017, the stadium hosted its first AFL regular season match for premiership points when Port Adelaide played the Gold Coast Suns during the 2017 AFL season.[3][4] This was the first AFL premiership match to be played outside of Australasia. Port Adelaide won the match by a score of 16.14 (110) to 4.14 (38), in front of an official attendance of 10,118.[5]

On 24 October 2017, it was announced that the AFL playing surface at the stadium will now be known as Adelaide Arena, and that AFL would be returning to the stadium in 2018.

On 25 October 2018, it was announced that St Kilda would play Port Adelaide for the following three seasons in Shanghai.

Australian Football League matchesEdit

Year Rnd Date & local time Team Score Team Score Attendance Ref.
2017 8 Sunday, 14 May (1:15 pm) Gold Coast 4.14 (38) Port Adelaide 16.14 (110) 10,118 [6][7][8]
2018 9 Sunday, 19 May 2018 (1:15 pm) Gold Coast 6.6 (42) Port Adelaide 11.16 (82) 10,689 [9][10][11]
2019 11 Sunday, 2 June (12:40 pm) St Kilda 9.15 (69) Port Adelaide 22.7 (139) 9,412 [12]

ArchitectureEdit

 
The exterior of Jiangwan Stadium is done in an Art Deco style

The stadiums architecture style is Chinese Art Deco, with the stadium itself designed by Dong Dayou, responsible for many landmarks in Shanghai built as part of the Greater Shanghai Plan implementation during the 1930s.

TransportationEdit

The sport center is accessible from Jiangwan Stadium Station of Shanghai Metro.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 江湾体育中心. www.kic-jwsc.com. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  2. ^ Demons, Lions in China clash
  3. ^ Navaratnam, Dinny (26 October 2016). "Port, Suns to face off in Shanghai in round eight clash". AFL.com.au. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  4. ^ Skene, Kathleen (26 October 2016). "Confirmed: Gold Coast Suns will play 'home' game in China next year". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Match report: Power show lights up China - AFL.com.au". afl.com.au. Retrieved 2017-05-14.
  6. ^ "Gold Coast fails to rise to the occasion in 72-point loss to Port Adelaide in Shanghai". The Courier Mail. 14 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Port Adelaide smash Gold Coast in historic Shanghai match". The Australian. 14 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Port Adelaide beats Gold Coast in China, Fremantle pinch win from Richmond, Sydney flogs North Melbourne". ABC. 14 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Port Adelaide too good for Gold Coast in China despite inaccuracy". The Advertiser. 19 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Shanghai resembles Gabba as Port blot out Suns". The Age. 19 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Port Adelaide too good for Suns in Shanghai showdown". Wide World of Sports. 19 May 2018.
  12. ^ "St Kilda Vs Port Adelaide - Match Centre". afl.com.au. Retrieved 2019-06-02.

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