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.
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.
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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