‘New Yellow Dragon’ rises for Hangzhou’s Asian Games

Hangzhou authorities have announced that redevelopment work on the Yellow Dragon Sports Center has been completed ahead of the Chinese city’s staging of the 2022 Asian Games.

The multi-sport event takes place from September 10-25, with the Yellow Dragon complex having undergone a two-year renovation programme. The complex is located 18km from the Asian Games Village and was first developed between 1997 and 2003, with the main stadium opening in 2000.

In its new guise, the complex will comprise a 52,000-seat stadium with an athletics track, a 6,000-seat arena and a 2,000-seat aquatics centre. The stadium will be one of the football venues for the Asian Games, with the arena hosting gymnastics and the swimming/diving centre staging water polo.

The official Facebook page of the Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV and Tourism, said: “Teamwork makes the dream work — the Hangzhou Asian Games is getting ready to race out of the blocks!

“As a branch venue for the Asian Games, the Yellow Dragon Sports Center Stadium has recently been refurbished. The upgraded ‘New Yellow Dragon’ has finally unveiled its mysteries. Hangzhou citizens can now enjoy the exciting competitions at the convenience of their doorsteps.”

The 19th Asian Games will utilise a total of 55 competition venues. The Alibaba Sports division of Chinese technology giant Alibaba in October sealed a 15-year contract to operate and manage Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center.

The contract was rubber-stamped after Alibaba Sports initially won the bid for the project in November 2020, with the complex set to serve as the main element of Hangzhou’s staging of the Asian Games.

Comprising the 80,000-seat ‘Big Lotus’ main stadium and 10,000-seat ‘Small Lotus’ tennis centre as its main attractions, the complex first opened its doors in December 2018.

Image: Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV and Tourism