The indoor stadium of Hangzhou Dianzi University in Qiantang New District, Hangzhou, dubbed by its students and faculty as the “UFO” Stadium due to its shape, is one of the 25 stadiums now under remodeling for the 19th Asian Games to be held in Hangzhou in 2022. It will serve as the venue for fencing matches of both the Asian Games and the Asian para Games.
Prior to renovation, the stadium has been the home field for Zhejiang Wanma basketball Team in the CBA League A and the venue for Zhejiang Collegiate Badminton Championship and the basketball matches (male junior highs)of the 13th National Students’ Games. The stadium is more than a site of activities and events to students, full of their memories of college life. “I often play basketball here. The orientation ceremony of my class and many big basketball matches are held here. The stadium is not only a place for sports but also a piece of unique memory of my college life,” according to Jia Yantao, a student from Software Engineering College, “I’m so proud to have learned that the fencing matches of the Asian Games will be held in our stadium. I will have already graduated by 2022 but I’m returning for the Games. If possible, I’d like to play a basketball match in therenovated stadium to get an expedience of its improvements.”
The stadium updated to Version 2.0 will be added a trial match venue and a warm-up stadium in its surrounding. The fencing finals and trial matches will be held in the stadium proper and the trial match stadium respectively, both of which are renovation projects. In line with the idea of “environmental friendliness, making full use of smart technology, frugality and civility”, the stadium proper and the trial match stadium will undergo internal remodeling only with its structure, shape and external walls unchanged. The warm-up stadium is a new construction with multiple functions, including warm-up courses, athletes-only passageways, athletes’ lounge, public toilets, storage cabinet for sports facilities, and management and maintenance room.
With its structure, shape and external walls unchanged, will the updated stadium be able to meet the needs of the Asian Games? Zhang Qiaozhen, who is in charge of the renovation work, responds as such:
“The original stadium had a leaking problem so we have dismantled the metal ceiling. The old facilities, ceiling and floor decorations and water, circuit, heating and fire alarm systems to be renovated have all been removed. ” According to Zhang, “Workers are now installing purlines on the ceiling, while the remodeling of water, circuit, heating and fire alarm systems alternate with civil engineering. The project is now at the stage of pipeline installation.”
The whole renovation project runs in an economical way in line with the idea of frugality. The three sets of LED screens and more than 5000 seats have been removed with care and preserved in good condition so that they will be re-installed after the Games to return the stadium to its original shape. After that, the stadium will continue to serve as the venue for PE classes, training, collective activities and performances, facilitating teaching, training, matches, grand events and workout activities of the university.
An outdoor running lane will be built around the stadium to encourage college students’ participation in the Asian Games, a combination of our campus tradition of long-distance running and the spirit of Asian Games. The fence around the stadium is turned into a “promotion wall”, on which are listed articles about the 1st to the 19th Asian Games and fencing matches. Zhang explains: “The fence displays information about the stadium construction work and matches of Hangzhou Asian Games in the hope that our students can learn from it the spirit of sports competition and immerse themselves within the atmosphere of the Games.”
The ceiling installment work will have been finished by the end of August this year and the whole renovation project of the stadium is estimated to be completed and delivered by the end of March, 2021.
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