(BEIJING, Jan. 11) -- Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium, the venue for the Olympic basketball preliminaries and finals, is ready for pre-Olympic events.
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 the National Basketball Association (NBA). 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.