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The Cadillac Arena (Chinese: 凯迪拉克中心) (originally Wukesong Culture & Sports Center (simplified Chinese: 五棵松体育馆; traditional Chinese: 五棵松體育館)) is a multipurpose indoor arena in Beijing. It was originally built for the 2008 Summer Olympics basketball preliminaries and finals. Ground was broken on 29 March 2005 and construction was completed on 11 January 2008.

Cadillac Arena
凯迪拉克中心
Multicoloured Wukesong Arena Facade (crop).jpg
Exterior of arena (c.2008)
Former namesWukesong Culture & Sports Center (2008–2011)
MasterCard Center (2011–2015)
LeSports Center (2016–2017)
Huaxi Live (2017)
Cadillac Arena (2017 - Now)
Address69 Fuxing Rd
100036 Beijing, China
LocationHaidian District
Coordinates39°54′36″N 116°16′29″E / 39.9099889°N 116.274664°E / 39.9099889; 116.274664Coordinates: 39°54′36″N 116°16′29″E / 39.9099889°N 116.274664°E / 39.9099889; 116.274664
Public transitBeijing Subway Wukesong  1 
OwnerBloomage International Investment Group
OperatorAEG
Capacity19,000
Construction
Broke ground29 March 2005 (2005-03-29)
Opened11 January 2008 (2008-01-11)
Renovated2009
ClosedOctober 2008 – November 2009
ArchitectGu Yonghui
Tenants
Beijing Ducks (CBA) (2010–present)
HC Kunlun Red Star (KHL) (2016–present)
Beijing Lions (CAFL) (2016–present)
Website
Venue Website

The stadium has a capacity of 19,000 and covers an area of 63,000 square metres. It includes a modern, flexible ice hockey rink designed and produced by Finnish rink manufacturer Vepe Oy in November 2016.

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
The arena in February 2007
 
The arena during the 2008 Summer Olympics

The stadium was constructed by "Beijing Wukesong Cultural & Sports Co. Ltd." whose five shareholders are Zhongguancun CENCONS Group, Haidian State-owned Assets Investment Co. Ltd, Beijing Urban Construction Group Co. Ltd, Beijing Urban Construction Co. Ltd and the Tianhong Group. After the Olympic Games, the center became an important part of Beijing's Olympic Games heritage, allowing citizens to enjoy cultural, sports, leisure, recreational, and commercial activities. It was a large-scale comprehensive project, rare in Beijing in integrating cultural, sporting, and commercial purposes with large-scale gardens and green spaces.

On 6 January 2011 MasterCard Worldwide, the rival of Olympic sponsor Visa, announced the acquisition of the naming rights to the Center. It was renamed MasterCard Center effective from 21 January 2011. Nearly five years later, on 16 December 2015, LeTV Sports announced that it has obtained naming rights for the arena. It was officially renamed as LeSports Center on 1 January 2016. Beyond that, LeSports promised to provide a package of intellectual services inside and outside the arena.[1] After the closing of LeTV Sports, the arena was briefly named Huaxi Live.[2] Since September 2017, the Cadillac division of General Motors has owned naming rights for the arena.[3]

On 14 December 2015 the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) announced that its Beijing expansion team would play in the arena. On 5 September 2016, Kunlun Red Star defenseman Anssi Salmela scored the first goal in the arena's first hockey game and the first home goal for Kunlun in KHL. Red Star won the game 6-3.

In 2017, 18,000 people attended the Chinese Basketball Association All-Star Game at the LeSports Centre.[4]

Sporting eventsEdit

EntertainmentEdit

The Wukesong Arena is the biggest entertainment venue in Beijing, with many international, regional and local artists having staged their performance at the venue that spans a wide range of musical genres. International artists are highlighted using light blue in the table while non-concert entertainment events are also included.

A list of entertainment events held at Wukesong Arena
Year Date Nationalities Artists Tours
2008 6 October Canada Avril Lavigne The Best Damn World Tour
1 November United States Kanye West Glow in the Dark Tour
2009 23 October United States Beyoncé I Am... World Tour
2010 23 January South Korea Super Junior 2nd Asia Tour – "Super Show 2"[6]
14 March United States Backstreet Boys This Is Us Tour
11 July United States Usher OMG Tour
2011 21 January Hong Kong Jacky Cheung Jacky Cheung 1/2 Century Tour
12 March United States Eagles Long Road Out of Eden Tour
26 March South Korea Rain 2011 Rain Asia Tour
7 May N/A The Girls Collection
13 May Glorious Days – Pantheon Rock "n" Roll World Tour Concert
21 May China (PRC) Dao Lang de Show Beel Live in Concert 2011
27 May Hong Kong Aaron Kwok 郭富城武林正传世界巡回演唱会
28 May
3 June Taiwan (ROC) Chyi Yu
Michelle Pan
Tiger Huang
One-Fang
Power Woman
18 June N/A Wakin Chau
Jeff Chang
Chyi Chin
Chao Chuan
Dave Wang
Angus Tung
老友记六人行2011北京大型演唱会
16 July Taiwan (ROC) Elva Hsiao E!VA萧亚轩WOW世界巡回演唱会-北京站
25 September Ireland Westlife Gravity Tour
2012 14 February Canada Avril Lavigne Black Star Tour
22 February Ireland Westlife Greatest Hits Tour
12 March Sweden Roxette Charm School World Tour
6 April Canada Sum 41 Screaming Bloody Murder Tour
7 July South Korea Shinhwa Grand Tour: The Return[7]
8 August South Korea BIGBANG Alive Galaxy Tour
25 November United Kingdom Elton John 40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man Tour
2013 24 March Canada Simple Plan Get Your Hearts On Tour
4 May South Korea G-Dragon G-Dragon 2013 1st World Tour
5 May
13 April N/A The 1st V Chart Awards
25 May United States Backstreet Boys In a World Like This Tour
28 June United Kingdom Sarah Brightman Dreamchaser World Tour
20 July Shinhwa South Korea Grand Tour: The Classic[8][9]
9 August N/A Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour
10 August
11 August
22 August United Kingdom Pet Shop Boys Electric Tour
29 September Canada Justin Bieber Believe Tour
1 October United States The Killers Battle Born World Tour
2014 4 February United Kingdom James Blunt Moon Landing Tour
2 March Canada Avril Lavigne The Avril Lavigne Tour
5 April United States Bruno Mars Moonshine Jungle Tour
19 April South Korea 2NE1 AON: All Or Nothing World Tour
16 May Hong Kong G.E.M. G.E.M. X.X.X. LIVE 世界巡回演唱会北京站
17 May
30 May China (PRC) Wanting Qu 2014曲婉婷say the words 我为你歌唱 中国巡回演唱会
31 May
18 July Taiwan (ROC) Jeff Chang "华素 还爱光年" 世界巡回演唱会
2 August Taiwan (ROC) S.H.E. 2GETHER 4EVER 世界巡回演唱会
3 August Taiwan (ROC) Mayday Just Love It 拥抱演唱会
6 September China (PRC) Hua Chenyu 华晨宇火星演唱会
7 September
13 September Singapore Yida Huang 黄义达十周年纪念演唱会
20 September China (PRC)
South Korea
EXO Exo from Exoplanet #1 – The Lost Planet
21 September
25 October China (PRC) Yang Kun 杨坤"今夜20岁"北京演唱会
22 November South Korea Super Junior Super Show 6
2015 14 January N/A Golden Disk Awards
15 January
1 April United States Pitbull 2015 World Tour
18 April United States Backstreet Boys In a World Like This Tour
6 June South Korea BIGBANG Made World Tour
7 June
13 June China (PRC) Bibi Zhou BOOM!
18 July China (PRC)
South Korea
Exo Exo Planet #2 – The Exo'luxion
19 July
19 September United Kingdom Muse[10] Drones World Tour
2016 10 April N/A The 4th V Chart Awards
24 April United Kingdom Iron Maiden[11] The Book of Souls World Tour
2 July China (PRC) Hua Chenyu Mars Concert Season 3
3 July
8 July Taiwan (ROC) Jay Chou The Invisible Show Tour
9 July
10 July
16 July South Korea BIGBANG Made V.I.P Tour
17 July
24 September Hong Kong Wallace Chung Sing For Live
6 October United States Kesha Kesha and the Creepies: Fuck the World Tour
21 October Hong Kong Jacky Cheung A Classic Tour
22 October
23 October
2017 18 January United States Metallica WorldWired Tour
17 June China (PRC) Joker Xue 薛之谦"我好像在哪见过你"巡回演唱会
26 August United States Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman Tour
2018 7 May United States Fall Out Boy Mania Tour
6 September United Kingdom Jessie J R.O.S.E Tour
2019 23 February China (PRC) Rocket Girls 101 2019火箭少女101北京飞行演唱会-Light
13 August Ireland Westlife The Twenty Tour

Baseball fieldEdit

 
The baseball field during the MLB China Series in 2008.

The Wukesong Baseball Field (simplified Chinese: 五棵松棒球场; traditional Chinese: 五棵松棒球場; pinyin: Wǔkēsōng Bàngqiúchǎng) was a baseball stadium located next to the Wukesong Indoor Stadium at the Wukesong Culture and Sports Centre in Beijing, China. It was one of the nine temporary venues at the 2008 Summer Olympics, hosting baseball events.

The baseball field had a total land surface of 12,000 square metres and a capacity of 15,000. It included two competition fields and one training field.

In March 2008, the stadium hosted two games between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres called the MLB China Series, marking the first time Major League Baseball teams played in China.

In what were to be the final Olympic Baseball matches in the foreseeable future, as the International Olympic Committee voted out the baseball event for the upcoming 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in favor of golf and rugby sevens,[12] Team USA clinched the bronze medal, while South Korea beat Cuba to claim the gold medal.[13] After the Olympic games ended, the facilities were demolished as planned, for a shopping mall.[14][15][16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "LeTV Sports to Name Beijing Wukesong Arena". CRIENGLISH.com. 18 December 2015.
  2. ^ Liu, Charles (18 July 2017). "Wukesong Arena Newly Renamed as "Huaxi Live" as LeTV's Financial Woes Continue". The Beijinger. True Run Media. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Cadillac Named Title Sponsor of Wukesong Arena in Beijing".
  4. ^ "Basketball feast on Beijing court in All-Star Game – CGTN". news.cgtn.com.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "NBA.com: NBA Global Games 2013: History of NBA Global Games". NBA.com. NBA. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  6. ^ Kang, Seung-hun (26 January 2010). "Super Junior wraps up concert in Beijing". Asiae. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  7. ^ "2012 Shinhwa Grand Tour: The Return 신화 아시아 투어 콘서트 일정" Shinhwa Company. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13 (in Korean)
  8. ^ 神话备战北京演唱会 娱乐综艺"让道". Sina (in Chinese). 4 June 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  9. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (22 July 2013). "Shinhwa Burns Up the Night in Beijing and Wraps Up Asia Tour". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Beijing Events – the Beijinger". www.thebeijinger.com.
  11. ^ "Iron Maiden – To Play In China For First Time Ever – Metal Storm". www.metalstorm.net.
  12. ^ "Castro blasts Olympics for dropping baseball – Beijing Olympics – NBCNews.com". MSNBC. 16 July 2008.
  13. ^ "Photos: ROK glitters on diamond – The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games". En.beijing2008.cn. Archived from the original on 5 January 2011.
  14. ^ http://www.baltimoresun.com/services/newspaper/printedition/sunday/maryland/bal-sp.maese22aug22,0,7134288.column[dead link]
  15. ^ Demick, Barbara (22 February 2009). "Beijing's Olympic building boom becomes a bust". Los Angeles Times.
  16. ^ "Chinadaily". Chinadaily.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Beijing Wukesong Culture & Sports Center at Wikimedia Commons

Events and tenants
Preceded by
Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid
Madrid
FIBA World Cup
Final venue

2019
Succeeded by
Philippine Arena
Bulacan