Checking out the new main stadium
Incheon Asian Games main stadium '76 per cent complete'
30 Oct 2013
Incheon, Korea: Members of the Olympic Council of Asia Coordination Committee were taken on a tour of new venues for the 17th Asian Games 2014 by the Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee on Wednesday.
The four-stop tour started at the five-storey Main Stadium, which will host the opening ceremony on September 19, the closing ceremony on October 4 and the athletics competition and will have a seating capacity of 61,074.
Organisers informed the OCA CC members that construction of the vast new stadium was 76 per cent complete, and it would be 90 per cent finished by the end of the year. Originally scheduled to take 37 months to build from June 2011 to June 2014, the target for the handover from the constructors to the stadium operators is now April 30, 2014.
The tour then moved on to the Gyeyang Gymnasium, 4,304-capacity venue for the badminton, and the nearby Asiad Archery Field, which will be one of the hottest tickets in town with a capacity of only 1,181 and the Korean archers among the best in the world, including London Olympic women’s individual champion and OCA Sports Star 2012 awardee Ki Bo Bae.
Tennis and squash will be played at the same complex at Yeorumul, which cost 50 billion Korean Won to construct and accommodates 16 tennis courts, including four indoors, and 10 squash courts, including an eye-catching, blue-tinted show court in its own hall.
The final port of call was Namdong Stadium, where the three gymnastics disciplines will take place, and the Asiad Rugby Field, which is connected by a bridge. The gym has a capacity of 8,828 and the rugby stadium can seat 5,078.
CC members were impressed with the futuristic designs of the new stadiums and the competition halls with the compact seating arrangements to guarantee a good atmosphere for the spectators and athletes alike. Some of the new venues have already been tested during the 94th national sports festival held this month.
The 7th CC meeting between the OCA and IAGOC will be held on Thursday morning, followed by another shorter venue tour.