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.
Spring Cocoon (春茧)
View of venue from Shenzhen Bay Park
|Location||Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China|
|Operator||Shenzhen Sports Bureau|
|Capacity||20,000 (Shenzhen Bay Sports Center Stadium)|
|Construction cost||2.3 billion RMB|
Beijing Urban Engineering Design & Research Institute
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.
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. 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. 
Notable sporting eventsEdit
- Joker Xue – Skyscraper World Tour – 28 July 2018
- "Satellite images show troop build-up on Hong Kong border". Sky News. 14 August 2019. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
- "Satellite photos show Chinese armoured vehicles on border of Hong Kong". The Guardian/Associated Press and Reuters. 14 August 2019. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
- https://nos.nl/video/2297911-nos-drone-filmt-oefening-chinese-militairen-net-buiten-hongkong.html. Missing or empty
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- Stadium information at Archive.today (archived 2012-12-09)
- Photos of stadium construction in early 2010
| Summer Universiade
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