2021 Chinese National Games stadium completed

The main stadium for the 2021 Chinese National Games has been completed in Xi’an, the state capital of Shaanxi Province.

The 60,000-seat Xi’an Olympic Center Stadium, which will host track and field events at the quadrennial national competition, was delivered on Wednesday to coincide with the 99th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.

The stadium, nicknamed ‘pomegranate flower’ for its unique shape, was completed on schedule despite challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hao Qing, the project’s design manager, told reporters there were particular problems in importing materials and inviting foreign experts amid pandemic-related global travel restrictions. Workers were shuttled between dormitories and the facility in February and March under strict epidemic prevention and control measures.

According to local media, the venue will feature over 500 video cameras which can recognise each attendee and alert officials if they find anyone suspicious.

Highlighting the features of the new stadium, Hao told reporters: “We have 136 lamp posts around the stadium, each of which can be a router, a video monitor, and music broadcaster or a warner.

“We will take advantage of advanced technologies including 5G wireless communication and face-recognition technologies to improve athletes’ performance and the audience’s experience.”

Work began last month on the Xi’an International Football Centre, which will be one of the venues for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.