The Shanghai government has unveiled plans to construct more than eight professional sports stadia in the city by 2035.

The Yutang Sports website noted that the municipal government’s city plan for the 2017-2035 period highlights the hope for Shanghai to gain an advantageous edge in the sporting industry.

In an effort to achieve such a goal, the government states that there should be four sports complexes in the city, including the Shanghai East Asia Sports & Recreation Center, Oriental Sports Center, Jiangwan Sports Center and the Pudong Sports Center, which is currently under construction.

In addition, land for new sports stadia has been reserved with the goal to to build venues that could host mega sporting events.

Shanghai also laid out plans to have between five and 10 professional football stadia in the city by 2035. As it stands, there is currently two such venues: Shanghai Shenhua’s Hongkou Football Stadium and SIPG’s Shanghai Stadium.

If this goal is to be achieved, the government would need to construct up to eight additional professional football stadia in the next 18 years.

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