Beijing 2022 Venue Guide: Beijing Zone
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In 2022, Beijing will make history as the first city in the world to have hosted the summer and winter Olympic Games. As such, there are a few legacy venues from Beijing 2008 that will be in the spotlight once again.
The Beijing Zone will be home to six competition venues as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies during Beijing 2022. Competition taking place within the capital city will include the indoor ice sports (ice hockey, curling, figure skating, long track speed skating, short track speed skating) as well as the big air events in snowboard and freestyle skiing.
National Stadium (Birds’ Nest)
Perhaps the most iconic venue built for the 2008 Olympic Games, the Birds’ Nest will again host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Located on the Olympic Green, it is in close proximity to the National Indoor Stadium, the National Aquatics Centre as well as the Beijing Medals Plaza. It has capacity for 91,000 spectators.
National Aquatics Centre (Water Cube)
During Beijing 2008, the venue known as the Water Cube was home to swimming, diving, water polo and artistic swimming. Now home to curling, its nickname is expected to (fittingly) be the Ice Cube. Just a five-minute drive from the Olympic Village, it has capacity for just over 3700 spectators.
National Indoor Stadium
Another legacy venue of Beijing 2008 that can be found on the Olympic Green, the National Indoor Stadium that once was home to rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and handball will now host Olympic ice hockey. While men’s and women’s preliminary round games will be played there, it will also be the venue for the men’s medal matches. It has capacity for more than 18,000 spectators.
Wukesong Sports Centre
In 2008, it hosted Olympic basketball. In 2022, it will be the second ice hockey venue. Hosting preliminary round matches for men and women, it will be the site of the women’s medal games. Located about 19 kilometres (15-minute drive) from the Olympic Village, it has capacity for about 9000 spectators.
Capital Indoor Stadium
This legacy venue that hosted volleyball at Beijing 2008 will now be the home of figure skating and short track speed skating. Just a 10-minute drive from the Olympic Village, it has capacity for more than 13,000 spectators. Within walking distance are separate training halls for the two sports.
National Speed Skating Oval
This new facility for long track speed skating was built for Beijing 2022 and is located just north of the Olympic Green. It has capacity for close to 12,000 spectators and is expected to become a multi-purpose venue after the Games for ice sports and civic activities.
Big Air Shougang
Newly built for Beijing 2022 is the big air venue to be used by snowboarders and freestyle skiers. Post-Games it will continue to host sports competitions as well as cultural and civic activities.