ISAF President Goran PETERSSON was certainly impressed on his recent visit to the test event, calling the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre, 'the best venue I have ever seen for an Olympic sailing event'. 'Spectacular' was the adjective Hein VERBRUGGEN, Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Beijing Games, chose to describe the venue.
The Olympic Sailing Centre site covers 45 hectares, 30 of which are being used for the Olympic Sailing Competition (the remaining 15 have been sold to help finance the build). The principle buildings on the site are the Qingdao Olympic Village, Athletes Centre, Administration Centre, Media Centre and Logistics Centre, covering a total area of 138,000 sq m. Currently only the Olympic Village remains unfinished and is scheduled for completion at the end of 2007.
The Olympic Village, Athlete and Administration Centre are clustered close together at the north of the venue. The 30,500 sq m boat park separates them from the Media Centre, which is situated at the south of the venue, on the near end of the Breakwater. The Breakwater is 534 m long and provides a high-capacity and well-sighted viewing area.
The Logistics Centre is located on the east of the venue, whilst the Olympic Memorial Dock, where the Olympic Torch will be located, is to the west.
The Administration Centre has an overall floor space of 16,800 sq m. It hosts the key personnel responsible for running the regatta, including the ITO offices and lounge, competition management, protest hearing rooms and administrative and security offices. After the Games, it will become the National Navigation School and Aquatics Sports Training Centre.
Qingdao Olympic Village
The 91,000 sq m Qingdao Olympic Village adjoins the Athlete Centre. The village will host the athletes competing in the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition. It should be a comfortable stay as well, with the Olympic Village set to become a five-star hotel following the Games.
The 16,600 sq m Athlete Centre is also functioning as the Media Centre for the 2007 test event. Next year it will be the International Zone of the Qingdao Olympic Village and a part of the competition area. Following on from the Games the Athlete Centre will become a museum celebrating and commemorating the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, as well as a recreation centre.
The Media Centre is 8,100 sq m and will house both the press and broadcast media during the Games. The Media Tower, which overlooks Fushan Bay, is one of the most spectacular features of the venue. The Media Centre is set for a sailing future as well, with it earmarked to become a yacht club following the Games.
The Logistics Centre has a total floor space of 5,800 sq m and houses all the logistics offices (including the volunteer lounge), venue cleaning and maintenance. It will be a club centre after the Games.