Guangdong Olympic Stadium

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Aoti Main Stadium
Stade Olympique Guangdong.JPG
Location Guangzhou, China
Owner Guangdong People's Government
Operator Guangdong Sports Bureau
Capacity 80,012
Surface Grass
Broke ground 31 December 1998 [1]
Built 1999–2001
Opened 22 September 2001 [2]
Construction cost 1.23 billion RMB
Architect Ellerbe Becket [3]
Guangdong Olympic Stadium
Traditional Chinese 廣東奧林匹克體育中心
Simplified Chinese 广东奥林匹克体育中心

The Guangdong Olympic Centre Stadium or Aoti Main Stadium [4] is a multi-purpose stadium in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China. Currently used mostly for football matches, the stadium was opened in 2001. It has a capacity of 80,012, making it the largest stadium in the country by seating capacity. [5]

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Guangzhou Prefecture-level and Sub-provincial city in Guangdong, Peoples Republic of China

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Guangdong Olympic Stadium broke ground on 31 December 1998 at the former site of Huangcun Airport. It opened to the public for the Ninth National Games of China in 2001. It was originally planned to help host the 2008 Summer Olympics [6] until a decision was made to construct the National Stadium in Beijing. The original design for the Guangdong Olympic Stadium was announced in 1999. Taking Guangzhou's nickname, the Flower City, the American architectural firm of Ellerbe Becket designed Guangdong Olympic Stadium's sunscreen roof to resemble layers of petals on a flower. [7] The design firm stated in its press release: "The stadium bowl grows out of the ground to a sculpted upper edge, like the petals of a flower. Floating above the bowl is a shimmering ribbon of roof flowing like a wave over the seats. It parts at the ends and holds the Olympic flame, suspended between the two ribbons. A hotel surrounds a circular opening in the roof that forms a vertical tower of light, which at night is visible for a great distance." The stadium's multi-colored seats are positioned in multiple sections that are visually connected via a ribbon pattern.

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Preceded by
Amman International Stadium
Asian Athletics Championships

Succeeded by
Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium

Coordinates: 23°8′15.56″N113°24′12.67″E / 23.1376556°N 113.4035194°E / 23.1376556; 113.4035194

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