Shanghai 2011:Shanghai Oriental Sports Center Inaugurated 200 Days Out (pictures)

On December 28th, the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center was “inaugurated” to much fanfare. This date marked exactly 200 days until the beginning of the 2011 Shanghai World Championships. Below is a series of pictures from the ceremony. To see more, check out the full slide-show on the Official FINA 2011 website.

View from the stands of the outdoor pool that will seat 5,000 spectators. This pool is, weather permitting, expected to host the diving events. The height of the platforms gives a great perspective of how truly massive this structure is.

View from the stands of the outdoor pool that will seat 5,000 spectators. This pool is, weather permitting, expected to host the diving events. The height of the platforms gives a great perspective of how truly massive this structure is.

A great shot of the smaller indoor 5,000 seat arena that is expected to host water polo and synchronized swimming.

A great shot of the smaller indoor 5,000 seat arena that is expected to host water polo and synchronized swimming.

Front view of the landscaping that has gone in as well as the larger, 18,000 seat arena that will host the main swimming competition.

Front view of the landscaping that has gone in as well as the larger, 18,000 seat arena that will host the main swimming competition.

Indoor view of the larger 18,000 seat arena that will host the main swimming competition. This arena is laid out more like a basketball arena than a natatorium, including press boxes and luxury suites. This will be a great venue if organizers can get it filled.

Indoor view of the larger 18,000 seat arena that will host the main swimming competition. This arena is laid out more like a basketball arena than a natatorium, including press boxes and luxury suites. This will be a great venue if organizers can get it filled.

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I assume that in the 18,000 seat arena, they are installing a temporary pool, since it’s going to be converted to a multi sports arena after the championships. If world’s were ever held there again, I assume another temporary pool would be built in there again. But, how about before going back to China again, we get the FINA World Aquatics Championships held in the USA at some point? And how about we get a world class aquatics facility like this that can handle swimming, diving, water polo and synchro all in one place (as other countries have) built in the USA? Somewhere in California (Southern Cal or maybe the Bay Area) would be ideal. We are the world’s powerhouse… Read more »

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