Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Asian Games OC/CC venue set for Aug completion

MUMBAI: Construction of Haixin Island, the venue of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 16th Asian Games, has been progressing smoothly. All main structures have been topped out, landscaping is 50 per cent complete, municipal infrastructure 85 per cent complete, the stage 65 per cent complete and decoration 65 per cent complete. All works are progressing as planned and will be fully completed by August, well ahead of the Opening Ceremony on 12 November.

Haixin Islet covers an area of 170,000 square metres and was originally designed as a "ceremonial square" for the public and as the city's primary location for pomp and ceremony. Construction kicked off in late 2008. On 17 April, 2009, the islet was chosen as the venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Guangzhou Asian Games.

It consists of three parts. The western part is a spectator stand with 25,000 seats; the central part is a show area comprising a stage, sails and fountains; and the eastern part is the logistical support area. There are two piers on the islet, one for athletes and the other for security. Connected to the city centre with five bridges and a tunnel, the islet is easily accessible.

The islet will be converted into an Asian Games-themed park after the games. It will become a massive cultural centre complemented by a museum and opera house. It's set to become a major tourist attracting showcasing the city's enduring history and rich heritage.
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