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Even Roger Federer is Impressed with QiZhong Stadium in Shanghai

December 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments ·
 
 

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The Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena in Shanghai was the largest tennis facility in Asia (until the construction of the Olympic Green Tennis Centre in Beijing) and was designed specifically for the ATP Tennis Masters Tour.

One of the key design features is the unique eight-piece magnolia roof, which resembles a magnolia flower blooming when opening. Magnolia is actually Shanghai’s city flower. The roof will take eight minutes to completely open or close. With these unique roofs, Qi Zhong stadium can host both indoor and outdoor tennis events. When the roof opens, many sunshades are provided around the stadium.

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The team has spent millions of RMB for the research on the roof. Each leaf weighs about 2 tonnes and it was built on the ground first. It went through similar test used by China Aerospace. Once the tests are passed, each roof piece was then elevated to its position for installation.


Another impressive construction in China.

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Even Roger Federer agrees that!

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