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Beijing’s Bird’s Nest to anchor shopping complex

Jan 30, 1:04 am EST

BEIJING (AP)—The area around Beijing’s massive Bird’s Nest stadium will be turned into a shopping and entertainment complex in three to five years, a state news agency said Friday.

Officially known as Beijing National Stadium, the showpiece of the Beijing Olympics has fallen into disuse since the end of the games. Paint is already peeling in some areas, and the only visitors these days are tourists who pay about $7 to walk on the stadium floor and browse a pricey souvenir shop.

Plans call for the $450 million stadium to anchor a complex of shops and entertainment outlets in three to five years, Xinhua News Agency reported, citing operator Citic Group. The company will continue to develop tourism as a major draw for the Bird’s Nest, while seeking sports and entertainment events.

The only confirmed event at the 91,000-seat stadium this year is Puccini’s opera “Turandot,” set for Aug. 8—the one-year anniversary of the Olympics’ opening ceremony. The stadium has no permanent tenant after Beijing’s top soccer club, Guo’an, backed out of a deal to play there.

Details about the development plans were not available. A person who answered the phone at Citic Group on Friday said offices were closed for the Chinese New Year holiday.

A symbol of China’s rising power and confidence, the stadium, whose nickname described its lattice of exterior steel beams, may never recoup its hefty construction cost, particularly amid a global economic slump. Maintenance of the structure alone costs about $8.8 million annually, making it difficult to turn a profit, Xinhua said.
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Post time 2009-2-1 05:00:06 |Display all floors
It is, in fact, a perfect symbol for China.
"Justice prevails... evil justice."

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Post time 2009-2-2 00:29:00 |Display all floors
BTW, this is not a bashing post. I am just posting for all the people who were adamant that the stadium and the olympics in general was not a money losing prospect. Of course it is...and people don't understand the colossal burden that the olympics become after the event is over.
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Post time 2009-2-2 05:24:14 |Display all floors

NOTHIN goes to WASTE...

after the GAMES the country left with beautiful hitech buildings, stadiums, streets, hiways, airport, local businesses, etc...it's a win  win situation for any country to host the big GAMES.  of course, they are costly to build but why would some fool thinks that these things will go to total waste  

*these buildings could be used in many different ways after the olympics like special concerts, trade fairs, job fairs, city convention center...and that just to name a few  

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