Shanghai 2011 - Venues
Oriental Sports Center
Adjacent to the Expo Site, the Oriental Sports Center is located in Pudong New Area, along the beautiful Huangpu River, the mother river of Shanghai. The competitions of swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo of the 14th FINA World Championships will be held here.
A riverside landscape, the Oriental Sports Center is composed of the Indoor Stadium, Natatorium, Outdoor Diving Pool and Oriental Sports Mansion. The theme of “water” finds its full expression in the architectural complex that adds splendor to the riverside man-made lake. As a major functional project in Shanghai, the Oriental Sports Center has adopted new energy-saving and environmental-friendly technologies, which had been successfully applied at the Expo Site. The project, which covers a total area of 34.75 square hectares and a floor space of 163,800 square meters, is designed jointly by GMP International GmbH, Shanghai Institute of Architectural Design & Research, and Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tongji University. Construction started on 30 December 2008 and completed on 28 December 2010.
The Oriental Sports Center is designed for staging high-level sporting events. In addition to three competition venues, the Oriental Sports Mansion is built to provide high-quality services for the media coverage of the Championships. Apart from the 14th FINA World Championships and other A-Grade international events, the Oriental Sports Center, a non-profit and environmentally-friendly facility, will also be open to the public for leisure and fitness activities.
Like waves surging upward, the Indoor Stadium is the main venue for the 14th FINA World Championships. A standard swimming pool and a warm-up pool will be built in the Stadium for swimming and synchronized swimming competitions during the Championships. The Stadium has 17,923 seats, including 14,457 fixed ones and 3,466 detachable ones. When the swimming pool is set up, up to 14,771 seats can be kept.
The natatorium consists of a row of arches, like waves gently lapping the flat beach. It hosts a standard 10-lane swimming pool, a warm-up pool, a diving pool and a warm water swimming pool, with a seating capacity of 4,945. It is the venue for the water polo competitions of the Championships.
Outdoor Diving Pool
Located on an island in the man-made lake, the Outdoor Diving Pool consists of a diving pool and a standard 10-lane swimming pool, with a seating capacity of 5,184. The diving competitions of the Championships will be held here. The roof of this facility, a highlight in the design of the Oriental Sports Center, is shaped like a half moon. Sitting on the seats in the open, spectators can feast their eyes on the Oriental Sports Center and the beautiful scenery on both sides of the Huangpu River from different angles.
Jinshan City Beach
Located on the Hangzhou Bay in Shanghai’s Jinshan District, Jinshan City Beach boasts a 1.5-square-kilometer man-made enclosed sea area and a 1.7-kilometer-long artificial beach. With relatively slow water flows and low tides, the natural sea water is as clear as crystal after undergoing physical and biological sedimentation. It is an outdoor sport base with distinctive local characteristics, suitable for beach and aquatic sports. The open water swimming competitions of the Championships will be held here.