TODAY, the main venue for Beijing’s Olympic Games -The Bird’s Nest Stadium- is now ready and operational. This is a whopping 91,000-seat stadium built to host the Olympic’s opening and closing ceremony. If any structure in the world is going to be the best for the job, this is it! Kudos to the Chinese!
The Bird’s Nest – or National Stadium – was designed by award-winning Swiss firm Herzog and de Meuron and Chinese architect Li Xinggang.
The design beat dozens of other entries in a worldwide competition held in 2003.
The total cost of the structure is US$500 million, jaw-dropping I know. But the entire world will be watching and everything but everything will surely be spectacular inside the Bird’s Nest. 🙂 To date… all seats have been sold out, ad money is pouring in by the billions. Isn’t the Olympics the world’s greatest stage?
It sure is!
Check out the Official Olympics page for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics… right here.
Liu Qi (L) and Guo Jinlong (R) unveil the National Stadium.