Location: Wukesong Culture and Sports Center
Total land surface: 168,000 sqm
Groundbreaking date: March 29, 2005
Spectator Capacity: 18.000
The Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium, is the venue for the Olympic basketball preliminaries and finals.
For the first time basketball will be able to stay in one building from the start of the basketball tournaments until their end, as in previous Olympics basketball always had to move from a smaller building used for the Preliminary Round to a bigger building as of the Quarter Final Rounds. The public demand for tickets is so huge, that the 18.000 seat capacity already seems to be not sufficient to scope with the ticket requests.
The arena that was constructed specifically for basketball in consultation with the FIBA Study Center and offers all the functional areas a modern basketball arena needs. Clearly divided into areas for the athletes, the spectators, the media, and the organisation, it will guarantee a smooth running of the tournaments.
Covering an area of 168,000 sq m, the gymnasium has three floors underground and four floors aboveground, with capacity for 18,000 spectators.
Entering Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium, one first notices the funnel-shaped LED display system. It is the first set of comprehensive displays in China that is able to meet the demands of high level international competition. Not only are the standards met for basketball games, the LED system is also capable of being used for theatrical performances, real-time broadcasts and background imagery.
Furthermore, all audience seats are upholstered for comfort and convenience. On the second floor, there are 45 luxury boxes, with 29 large ones and 16 small ones.
By adopting a rainwater recycling system, easy-to-clean glass and other technologies, the designers fully implemented the idea of "Green Olympics, High-tech Olympics, and People's Olympics" into the construction of Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium.
The exterior of the Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium is made of aluminum alloy boards and is capable of reflecting 80 percent of the heat generated by far-infrared.
Compared to ordinary glass, the alloy boards can result in energy savings of 60 percent in the summer and 70 percent in the winter.