Dongxihu Sports Center, a new sports complex developed for the 2019 Summer Military World Games in Wuhan, will feature 5G technology when it opens in the Chinese city on Friday.

Dongxihu Sports Center is the first facility to be completed for the seventh edition of the multi-sport event, which will take place from October 18-27. The complex, which broke ground in April 2017, consists of a 30,000-seat multi-purpose stadium, an 8,000-seat gymnasium and a 1,000-seat aquatics centre.

The stadium will host its first event on March 1, when newly-promoted Wuhan Zall take on Beijing Guoan in football’s Chinese Super League. State news agency Xinhua said the venue will feature cutting edge technology, including 5G.

Citing stadium management, Xinhua said the 5G technology will not only allow for facial recognition of stadium visitors, but also enable multi-perspective live broadcasting.

Dongxihu Sports Center is one of 35 facility projects for Wuhan’s Games. It is the largest of the 13 new facilities, while 17 venues are being renovated and five temporary facilities will be in place for the Games.

The stadium’s roof system includes a spoke cable-supported structure utilised in Central China for the first time. This has reduced the weight of the roof’s steel structure by 7,000 tonnes, in line with energy saving and environmental protection goals.

Images: Wuhan 2019