National Stadiums

Visionary game changers

Riding a taxi on the Fourth Ring Road in Beijing and looking for the National Stadium, better known as Bird's Nest for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the magnificent structure emerges from the smog.

Sunday, 16 October, 2011, 12:00am

Singapore's new stadium 'could be threat to HK hosting big events'

Singapore could become a serious rival to Hong Kong hosting big internationals once an agreed 55,000-capacity all-weather stadium is built in the Lion City, by 2014, a top rugby union official has warned.

2 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Commerce eyed at iconic venues

Shops at 'Water Cube'; bid to rename stadium

The 'Water Cube' and 'Bird's Nest' will be revamped into commercial venues as soon as the Paralympic Games have finished, although a detailed plan has yet to be authorised by the Beijing municipal government.

29 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Bird's Nest opens for business

Constructors would be ready to apply the finishing touches to the Olympic centrepiece stadium by May 20, said officials and engineers at the venue yesterday.

17 Apr 2008 - 12:00am


1 La Bombonera in Buenos Aires is home to Boca Juniors football team. What does 'La Bombonera' mean?

2 How is the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, Italy, better known?

3 Which American football team calls the Ralph Wilson Stadium home?

4 Until December 26, 2005, by what name was the UPC-Arena in Graz, Austria, known?

22 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Welsh look to Hong Kong turf for stadium inspiration

The world-famous Millennium Stadium in Cardiff could soon boast an artificial heart, and the Welsh Rugby Union has turned to Hong Kong as it looks at the feasibility of replacing its hallowed turf with an all-weather, year-round artificial surface.

4 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Extra time

The real winner of this year's football World Cup was Germany, not Italy - at least in the eyes of Londoners. Certainly, Germans are being hailed for their effectiveness in organising the best-ever tournament, with efficient ticketing arrangements, little or no hooliganism and veritable riots of friendliness in the superbly marshalled fan parks.

17 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Olympic feat

A security guard stands in front of the construction site of the National Stadium in Beijing yesterday, as workers dangle off the arena that will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games.

15 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

The bottom line

It seems that all those years of watching sport, rather than playing it, has finally caught up with Londoners. The annual delight of Pimms cocktails and strawberries and cream has taken its toll on tennis fans who flock to Wimbledon. After 129 championships, the All England Tennis Club has decreed that the seats are too small for the expanding British bottom.

3 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

$22m paid over stadium case

The government has paid more than $22 million to Wembley International (HK), the former manager of Hong Kong Stadium, two months after losing a court battle.

23 May 2004 - 12:00am

Stadium firm orders officials to pay up $21m

Tired of waiting for a court-ordered sum, Wembley takes on the government again

Officials have been accused of stalling a $21 million payout to the former managers of the Hong Kong Stadium, after the government lost a long-running legal battle with the firm in March.

9 May 2004 - 12:00am

Stadium 'was a duck, not a swan'

Hong Kong Stadium's former manager could not be blamed for failing to turn 'what was effectively a duck into a swan,' the Court of First Instance was told yesterday.

28 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

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Government engineers have again been studying the Hong Kong Stadium, worrying yet again at the intransigent problem of how to make efficient use of a costly white elephant.

17 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Stadium warning not given, court told

The former manager of the Hong Kong Stadium was not forewarned of the 'serious obstacle' it faced in keeping noise levels from pop concerts at a legally acceptable level, a court heard yesterday. That had been 'pretty unkind and unfair' to the company, a government witness agreed.

28 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Hong Kong win pitch battle

Hong Kong have won their battle to have today's Asian Cup Qualifying Group A match against Tajikistan moved from the JAR Stadium where the Tajiks surprisingly won a farcical match against Thailand on Thursday.

8 Nov 2003 - 12:00am