The original Workers' Stadium (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Gōngrén Tǐyùchǎng), often abbreviated as Gongti or Gong Ti (simplified Chinese: 工体; traditional Chinese: 工體; pinyin: Gōng Tǐ), was a multi-purpose stadium in Chaoyang District, Beijing, China. The stadium was built in 1959, and was renovated in 2004 (the concrete structure strengthened, a new rotating display screen and energy-saving devices installed). The stadium was closed for a complete rebuild in 2020 and reopened on April 15, 2023 as a new stadium built on the original site.[2][3][4] It had a capacity of 65,094 and covered a land area of 350,000 square metres (3,800,000 sq ft). It was one of the Ten Great Buildings constructed in 1959 for the tenth anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

Workers' Stadium
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese工人体育场
Traditional Chinese工人體育場
The stadium in 2008.
LocationChaoyang District, Beijing, China
Coordinates39°55′46.3″N 116°26′28.1″E / 39.929528°N 116.441139°E / 39.929528; 116.441139
OwnerAll-China Federation of Trade Unions
OperatorSinobo Group
Renovated2001, 2004, 2008, 2010-2011
ClosedAugust 2020
ArchitectBeijing Institute of Architectural Design[1]
Structural engineerBeijing Construction Engineering Group
Beijing Guoan (1996–2005, 2009–2019)
China national football team (until 2020)
Satellite image of Workers' Stadium. (1967-09-20)
Inside the Workers' Stadium prior to the 2020–2022 renovation

History Edit

Workers' Stadium during the Cultural Revolution

The stadium was the main venue for the 1990 Asian Games, where the opening and closing ceremonies were held. Some high attendance matches of the Beijing Guo'an football club are held at the stadium. In 1993, the stadium was host to a slew of world records set by the world-leading group of Chinese distance runners at the seventh edition of the Chinese National Games, the most famous being international stars and world champions Wang Junxia and Qu Yunxia, who had dominated the 1993 World Championships a month before.

The stadium holds claim to the fastest women's 1500 m time ever recorded of 3:50.46, the fastest women's 3000 m of 8:06.11 and the fastest women's 10,000 m of 29:31.78. These world records still stand today and are arguably the stadium's biggest claim to fame.[5] The next year, the stadium was partially demolished and renovated as part of China's bid for the 2000 Olympic Games, which ultimately failed. The stadium continued to be a mainstay of Beijing sports into the 21st century, being the 2001 Summer Universiade and the Grand Final venue of 2004 AFC Asian Cup.

After Beijing became the host of the 2008 Summer Olympics in July 2001 which the stadium was originally intended as the main venue, it hosted the football quarter-finals and semi-finals, and the women's gold medal final. The stadium was scheduled to host the first ever NFL game played in China, a preseason game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots on August 8, 2007. However, the China Bowl was canceled in April 2007. The reasons given were that the NFL wanted to devote all its resources to the scheduled regular season game between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants, to be played in London on October 28, 2007.

The stadium was the host for the 2009 Barclays Asia Trophy between 29 July and 31 July 2009, featuring Beijing Guoan, and Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Hull City. It also hosted FC Bayern Munich's pre-season China Tour of 2012, during which the Bundesliga club had a friendly match with Beijing Guoan. The areas north (Sanlitun), east, and west of the stadium are popular nightlife destinations. The xi men (West Gate) offers a strip of nightclubs. The Workers Indoor Arena is located to the west of the stadium. The stadium has been used for concerts as well. Global superstar Mariah Carey began her sold-out five-show tour at the Workers Stadium, and Linkin Park played The Hunting Party Tour at July 26, 2015 in front of an audience of 60,000.[6]

Interior during the 2008 Summer Olympics

Demolition Edit

On 4 January 2020, Workers' Stadium was announced as a host venue for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.[7] However, on 14 May 2022, AFC announced that China would not be able to host the tournament due to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.[8]

After finishing the 2019 season, Beijing Guoan moved its home stadium the Beijing Fengtai Stadium for three years while renovations ahead of the tournament took place.[9] The engineering firm of the rebuild project is Beijing Construction Engineering Group.

Demolished Workers' Stadium, August 2020

Notable concerts Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "北京建院主持设计"传统外观、现代场馆"". (in Simplified Chinese). 25 November 2022. Retrieved 2023-01-25.
  2. ^ "新工体官网" [New Workers' Stadium Official Website].
  4. ^ "2023年中超联赛赛程公布:4月15日开幕11月4日收官". 2023-04-11.
  5. ^ "视频:新中国日记 传奇马家军的成名之战-搜狐视频".
  6. ^ Ang, Francis Eduard (28 July 2015). "Linkin Park Rocks Beijing Workers' Stadium". Yibada.
  7. ^ AFC official website announces 2023 China Asian Cup stadium,, 04 January 2020
  8. ^ "Important update on AFC Asian Cup 2023™ hosts". Asian Football Confederation. 14 May 2022. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  9. ^ Knotts, Joey (22 October 2020). "Guo'an to Move Next Season as Workers' Stadium Begins 3-Year Renovations". The Beijinger. Retrieved 18 September 2022.

External links Edit

  Media related to Beijing Workers Stadium at Wikimedia Commons

Events and tenants
Preceded by Summer Universiade
Main venue

Succeeded by
Preceded by AFC Asian Cup
Final venue

Succeeded by
Preceded by Summer Olympics
Women's football gold medal match venue

Succeeded by