Following successive globally influential sports events such as the Olympic Games, Asian Games, Formula 1, ATP Masters 1000 in China’s first-tier cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, more emerging and fast-growing cities in China also hope to improve their international popularity and reputations through sports. This year, Chengdu has taken “building the World City of Sports Events” as its development goal. It is predicted that an investment of RMB 26.08 billion will be made to build the Tianfu Olympic Sports City in the Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone as the basis to introduce and host major sports events.
Located at the eastern area of the Hi-tech Zone in the southeast part of Chengdu, Tianfu Olympic Sports City will cover an area of 86 square kilometers. In the future, it will be built into a large-scale sports complex integrating three sectors, “mountain sports area, aquatic sports area, and core area” and it will meet the demands of hosting Olympic Games in the long-term.
This March, the infrastructure of Tianfu Olympic Sports City officially started. In June, Chengdu formally launched the international consulting on conceptual masterplan and urban design of Tianfu Olympic Sports City, which attracted 70 design teams consisting of 104 global famous organizations. The third phase of evaluation meetings closed recently and three international top design teams are the finalists competing for the final design of the core area of Tianfu Olympic Sports City. Among them, Sasaki Associates, Inc. participated in the planning and design of Beijing Olympic Games, and AECOM Ltd. did the overall planning of London 2012 Olympic Games and Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
Chengdu has always been known for its unique gourmet and as the hometown of giant pandas. However, Chengdu Hi-tech Zone represents another side of this ancient city in addition to its time-honored tradition. In recent years, it has held countless international conferences and exhibitions including a General Assembly Session of the World Tourism Organization and the Chengdu Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair with great success. Moreover, it has become the permanent venue of EU-China Business and Technology Cooperation Fair. Therefore, the construction of Tianfu Olympic Sports City will undoubtedly add another brand new international “sports name card” for Chengdu.