The Workers Stadium in Beijing is a 66,161 capacity multi-purpose sports arena which is primarily used for Football matches of Superleague side Beijing Guoan F.C. Sometimes referred to as either Gongti or Gong Ti, the stadium was built in 1959 as one of the “Ten Great Buildings” project to honour the 10th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.
The Workers Stadium was one of ten public buildings constructed to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China after Communist Party Chairman Mao proclaimed the establishment of the state after the conclusion of the Chinese Civil War. Constructed in what some have described as an austere combination of Socialist realism and Stalinist architecture, the 10 buildings are famous for their grey concrete exteriors.
The modest appearance of The Workers Stadium has been renovated over the years to host major sporting events including the 1990 Asian Games, and the 2008 Olympics. The two athletics competitions both resulted in the modernisation of facilities with the concrete structure strengthened, and new state of the art electronics added to the stadium in 2004 as preparation for the Olympics.
During the Olympic Games, the 60,000 capacity stadium was put to excellent use when it hosted the quarters, semi-finals and women’s final for the Football part of the competition. The final result of the competition was that Argentina came first winning the Gold Medal, Nigeria second for silver and Brazil came third captained by 2002 World Cup winning player Ronaldinho.
When it comes to football matches within the Chinese Super League, the ground has been used by Beijing Guoan F.C on and off since forming back in 1951 with the club opting to use the nearby Beijing Fengtai Stadium for a period of three seasons whilst The Workers Stadium was being renovated for the Olympics.
The Workers Stadium consists of the following four stands: North, East, South and West.
Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand.