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Newly completed National Stadium welcomes guests

Updated:2008-06-28
Newly completed National Stadium welcomes guests
Liu Qi (L) and Guo Jinlong (R) unveil the National Stadium.

(BEIJING, June 28) -- On the morning of June 28, China's National Stadium resonated with cheers. After years of hard work, the "Bird's Nest" is now completed. BOCOG president Liu Qi, who is also a member of the CPC Central Committee and secretary of the Beijing Municipal Party Committee, together with Guo Jinlong, vice-secretary of the Beijing Municipal Party Committee, Mayor of Beijing and executive president of BOCOG, were present at the National Stadium's celebratory ceremony.

Newly completed National Stadium welcomes guests
Chen Gang (2nd, R) issues certificate of inspection to Li Aiqing.

Liu and Guo unveiled the National Stadium at the ceremony. Chen Gang, vice-mayor of Beijing and also director of the Beijing 2008 project, issued the certificate of inspection to National Stadium CEO Li Aiqing. The participative units also received commemorative certificates from leaders of Beijing.

Newly completed National Stadium welcomes guests
Bird's Nest

"After years of effort, the National Stadium is finally completed. We hope that we can provide better services for the Olympic Games with better equipment," remarked an excited Li. Other builders beside him were eager to take pictures with the Olympic venue, which they considered their "child."

Newly completed National Stadium welcomes guests
Musical fountain in front of Bird's Nest

The National Stadium, known as the "Bird's Nest," will serve as the main venue of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. It is located in the Olympic Green and occupies 21.4 hectares. It stretches 333 meters from north to south and 298 meters from east to west, covering an area of 258,000 square meters. The National Stadium is 68 meters high and holds 91,000 seats. The opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games, Athletics and Football events will be held in it. The construction of the National Stadium began in December of 2003.

The national stadium is surrounded in a sort of membrane. Unlike China's National Aquatics Center, or "Water Cube," another Olympic venue which is also surrounded in this membrane, the Bird's Nest version is curved and double-layered, offering gracefully decorative soundproof, wind-proof, rain-proof, and even UVA protection to its already impressive body. The outer layer of membrane, completely constructed in November of 2007, was created using 884 individual ETFE panels, covering a total of 38,500 square meters. The inner layer consists of PTFE material. 1,044 panels take up 53,000 square meters of area, whose main purposes are to better the acoustics in the stadium and to support the equipment within the steel frame.This special membrane can also help lighting within the stadium and effectively diminish glare and shadowing, allowing for a more favorable competition environment.

BOCOG executives and leaders from the government of Beijing, namely Ji Lin, Li Shixiang, Liu Jingmin, Zhao Wenzhi, Yang Shu'an, Li Xiaohong, and other representatives from related departments were also present at the National Stadium's unveiling ceremony.

Newly completed National Stadium welcomes guests
Throwing confetti to celebrate.
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