Shenzhen Bay Sports Center

Shenzhen Bay Sports Center (Simplified Chinese: 深圳湾体育中心), nicknamed Spring Cocoon (Chinese: 春茧) for its shape, is a multiuse stadium in Shenzhen, China. It is used mostly for table tennis, swimming and soccer competitions. The stadium is known for hosting the annual RoboMaster Robotics Competition since 2015, as well as the opening ceremony and numerous competitions of the 2011 Summer Universiade. The stadium has a capacity of 20,000 spectators and the arena seats 13,000 more. The Sports Center also hosts regular concerts and has been used as a military staging area.

Shenzhen Bay Sports Center
深圳湾体育中心
Spring Cocoon (春茧)
Shenzhen Bay Sports Center.jpg
View of venue from Shenzhen Bay Park
LocationNanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Coordinates22°31′15″N 113°56′45″E / 22.52083°N 113.94583°E / 22.52083; 113.94583Coordinates: 22°31′15″N 113°56′45″E / 22.52083°N 113.94583°E / 22.52083; 113.94583
OwnerShenzhen Government
OperatorShenzhen Sports Bureau
Capacity20,000 (Shenzhen Bay Sports Center Stadium)
13,000 (Arena)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Built2009–2011
Opened2011
Construction cost2.3 billion RMB
ArchitectAXS Satow
Beijing Urban Engineering Design & Research Institute
Website
http://www.springcocoon.com/

ConstructionEdit

An international design competition for the building was held in early 2008, and preparatory work began in November of the same year. Built on reclaimed land, the foundations were laid in February 2009, and the building was completed in mid-2011. The building consists of three arenas, a swimming pool, an indoor arena, and a multi-use stadium joined together by a perforated external steel skin. Within the complex is 30-story office tower.[1][2]

 
Panorama showing the full length of the sports center

TransportEdit

The stadium is within walking distance from Houhai station of Shenzhen metro and is at the proximity of the Nanshan Central business district development.[3]

Hong Kong ProtestsEdit

During the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests, satellite images showed the stadium being used to house more than 100 military APCs (armored personnel carriers) and trucks.[4][5] Reporters from the Dutch news service Nederlandse Omroep Stichting later used an unmanned aerial vehicle to capture film footage the military performing anti-riot training exercises. [6]

Notable sporting eventsEdit

Stadium
  • Joker Xue – Skyscraper World Tour – 28 July 2018
Arena
  • Joker Xue – I Think I've Seen You Somewhere Tour – 29 April 2017
  • Jessie J – The R.O.S.E Tour – 12 September 2018

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://stadiumdb.com/stadiums/chn/shenzhen_bay_sports_center
  2. ^ http://www.shenzhenparty.com/shenzhen/nanshan-district/kelley-chan/121282-shenzhen-bay-sports-center-open
  3. ^ http://cz.xcabc.com/News/16884.html
  4. ^ "Satellite images show troop build-up on Hong Kong border". Sky News. 14 August 2019. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Satellite photos show Chinese armoured vehicles on border of Hong Kong". The Guardian/Associated Press and Reuters. 14 August 2019. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  6. ^ https://nos.nl/video/2297911-nos-drone-filmt-oefening-chinese-militairen-net-buiten-hongkong.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Belgrade Arena
Belgrade
Summer Universiade
opening ceremony

2011
Succeeded by
Kazan-arena
Kazan