POSTED: July 22nd 2015

Beijing 2022 focuses on 2008 Olympic legacy and venues

The iconic Bird's Nest Stadium © Beijing 2022
The iconic Bird's Nest Stadium © Beijing 2022

National Aquatics Center (Water Cube) © Water Cube
National Aquatics Center (Water Cube) © Water Cube

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) A significant aspect of Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games is their experience and ability to use existing Olympic venues, even after the Games come to an end.

It has been seven years since Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. The city has been able to manage the 2008 venues successfully and still continue to attract commercial event organizers and tourists. In northern Beijing, the Bird's Nest Stadium and National Aquatics Center (Water Cube) have continued to thrive.

As proposed venue for the 2022 Games for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the iconic Bird's Nest has welcomed over 24 million tourists over the years. The stadium's Deputy General Manager, Xiang Jun has stated that their schedule is filled with major sport and performance events for the few years.

According to, Xiang Jun said, "We've hosted more than 180 sport matches and performances in the past years, including the concert marking the 30th anniversary of the Rolling Stones and the Italian Super Cup. Actually, there has been no vacancy in our schedule for such a major event before 2018."

In addition, the Water Cube has become a very popular water park since the 2008 Games came to an end. The venue has hosted 850 major events and is the designated venue for three competitions that are sponsored by International Swimming Federation (FINA) every year.

The center's Manager, Yang Qiyong expressed how smoothly their business has developed over the years in many areas.

"We are trying to build the Water Cube into a place that can both host commercial events and serve sports amateurs. We've established a swimming club with the number of registered members exceeding 10,000 members. And the water park, that features the most advanced facilities in Asia, can easily entertain visitors," expressed Yang Qiyong, as reported by

China's bid officials have pledged that only a limited amount of facilities will be built if they are awarded the Games. Beijing 2022 plans to host the Opening and Closing ceremonies at the Bird's Nest and curling competitions at the Water Cube.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will make their final decision between Beijing and Almaty on July 31st in Kuala Lumpur at the 128th IOC Session.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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