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15 Dec 2003
Olympic News

Beijing 2008: beginning of venue construction project

Preparations for the construction of four venues for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games have been completed and work is scheduled to start before the end of the year 2003. This marks the beginning of the three-year Olympic venue construction project.

Four big stadiums
The first group of venues to be built include the National Stadium, the National Swimming Centre, the Beijing Shooting Range and the Laoshan Velodrome.

National Stadium as main attraction
As the main stadium for the 2008 Games, with an investment of over US$360 million, the National Stadium will no doubt attract the most attention among the four venues.

“Bird’s nest”
The State-owned assets company has organised four symposiums over the past months on the steel structure of the National Stadium, the so-called bird’s nest, and on the inner environment of the Stadium and the National Swimming Centre, to invite advice from experts.

Reduced steel consumption
Following these seminars, sources within the BOCOG construction department also said that, as a result of the efforts of experts to optimise efficiency, steel consumption in the National Stadium has been reduced from 80,000 tons to 45,000 tons, while still ensuring quality and functionality.

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