Stadiums

17:02, September 11, 2007

Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium

Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium is one of the largest and most modern stadiums in China. The 31,000-seater is home to club side Shanghai Shenhua and boasts a large number of VIP seats, sky boxes and amply covers FIFA's requirements for press seating at a major world finals. Prior to the construction of the Shanghai Stadium in 1998, Hongkou was the biggest sports arena in the city, hosting major international competitions such as the Shanghai Invitational and the East Asian Games. Hongkou is conveniently located in Shanghai's city centre, about 45 minutes (40km) from the Pudong International Airport. The pitch at the Hongkou is 105 metres long by 68 meters wide. Four group matches, two quarter-finals, the third-place play-off and the grand Final will be played at the Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium.

All stadiums have been inspected and found suitable to host the competition.

Chengdu Sports Center Stadium

Built in 1991, the Chengdu Stadium was once home to the Sichuan provincial team. The City was referred to often as the "gold medal city" because of the fervent support often offered up by the huge crowds that would invariably turn up at the ground. The enthusiasm of the Sichuan fans is famous throughout China, and, as a result, the regional and national teams maintain excellent records when playing there. The stadium has 38,269 seats and easily enough VIP seats and press spots to host a major FIFA finals. The Stadium is conveniently located in the heart of the city, 15 kilometres from Shuangliu International Airport. Six group matches will be played in the Chengdu Sports Center Stadium.

All stadiums have been inspected and found suitable to host the competition.

Hangzhou Dragon Stadium

Despite their status as newcomers on the Chinese domestic football scene, Zhejiang Lucheng can be proud of the first class facilities and infrastructure in place at their towering home stadium. Built in 2000, the Hangzhou Dragon Stadium draws some of the largest crowds in all of China and boasts a significant 52,672 seats. It is only five kilometres from the city centre and a leisurely 30-minute drive (35km) from the Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport. The ground's playing pitch is 105 metres long and 68 metres wide. Seven matches, including six group-stage meetings and one semi-final will be played at the Hangzhou Dragon Stadium.

All stadiums have been inspected and found suitable to host the competition.

Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium

Construction work for the Tianjin Olympics Center Stadium was completed in March of 2007. With a capacity of 60,000, the hulking ground accurately represents the city's strong desire to host the FIFA Women's World Cup as well as an ambition to raise the profile of football at all levels in China. It will boast enough VIP seats, places for the media, seats for the disabled and is just 30km away from the Tianjin Binhai International Airport. Five matches, including two group matches, Two quarter-finals and one semi-final will be staged at the Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium.

All stadiums have been inspected and found suitable to host the competition.

Wuhan Sports Center Stadium

One of China's finest stadiums, the Wuhan Sports Center was built in 2002 for the FIFA Women's World Cup which had been originally planned to be staged in China in 2003, but was later moved to the USA because of the SARS outbreak. On 27 January 2003, China played the United States at the ground during the Women's Four-Nation Invitational Tournament, after which players from both sides expressed their satisfaction with the quality of the pitch. FIFA officials have compared the stadium favourably with Japanese and Korean grounds that played host to the world at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. It has 52,357 seats, ample VIP seats, spots for the disabled, sky boxes and a large number of press seats. The stadium is also conveniently located just 30 minutes (30km) from the Tianhe Airport. The pitch is 105 metres long by 68 metres wide. Four group matches and two quarter-finals will be played at the Wuhan Sports Center Stadium.

All stadiums have been inspected and found suitable to host the competition.






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