Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium

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Originally completed in August 2001, the Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium is located in the south-east corner of the campus, at 37 Xueyuan Road of Haidian District, approximately two kilometers west of Olympic Green, close to North Fourth Ring Road. Its exterior is in the shape of a flying saucer, giving a sense of both lightness and strength. Following are the seven main changes in the expansion project before the 2008 Olympic Games: (1) An addition of 3,000 seats, for a total of 6,000 Games-time seats; adjusted seating arrangements. (2) New weightlifting competition platform and background wall. Weightlifting platform measures 12m X 12m X 12m; Background wall measures 38m X 13.5m. (3) New warm-up area that is 1,392 sq m in area. (4) New plasma screen, air condition system and other major equipment. (5) Upgrade of 10 systems including, water, heating, electric, fire protection, safety and communications. (6) Upgrade of interior decoration for 118 auxiliary rooms measuring a total of 5,900 sq m. (7) New outdoor field and temporary functional rooms and parking lot.

Seating: 4,570

Olympic events: Weightlifting