‘Largest of its kind’ stadium serves as centerpiece of China’s national Games


When the 14th Games of the People’s Republic of China commences on September 15, 2021, the Xi’an Olympic Sports Center will be the showcase venue of the biggest national multi-sports event in China.

The 60,000-seat stadium, 18,000-seat gymnasium and 4,000-seat swimming and diving hall make the sports center the largest of its kind in northwest China.

The complex consists of one stadium and two arenas and is the main venue of the games. Arranged in the shape of the Chinese character “(Pin)”, the buildings represent the striking combination of sportsmanship and Chinese culture.

The 60,000-seater Chang’an Flower Stadium, will host track and field,  football, and other open-air events. Meanwhile, the Chang’an Diamond Arena, can accommodate 18,000 spectators and will host gymnastics, ice hockey, basketball, and badminton events among others. The Chang’an Tripod Arena, has a capacity of 4,000 people and will host swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming, and other water events.

The Xi’an Municipal Government announced that 191 of the 214 key construction projects for the 14th National Games have been completed, and the remaining projects are expected to be completed before August 1. These projects include sports venues, upgrading of transportation networks, and renovation of existing residential areas.

As the largest sports event held in China since the outbreak of COVID-19, pandemic prevention and control is the key to the success of the 14th National Games.

To ensure safety and orderly organization of the National Games, the organizers would implement a closed-loop management system for the athletes, coaches and correspondents, and adopt information technology-based measures for remote pandemic control.

The Games will be open for spectators, who are required to undergo full vaccination for COVID-19 at least 14 days ahead of the competition, and should provide negative nucleic acid test certificates 72 hours before entering any venues.

In addition, Xi’an’s urban management, transportation, cultural and tourism systems have been fully mobilized, sparing no effort to support the event. Medical, volunteer and security teams are also in place to provide the best support for the Games.

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