Women’s World Cup China 2007
The five stadiums
With a population of more than ten million, Chengdu is the capital of Sechuan, China’s most populous province with over 100 million inhabitants.
Constructed in 1991, the Chengdu stadium was up until recently the home ground of the famous Sichuan club. The fans’ legendary support has seen various sporting feats recorded here, earning Chengdu the nickname of “gold medal city”. The stadium in Chengdu city centre has an all-seater capacity of 38,269.
Situated just 160 kilometers from Shanghai, Hangzhou (6.4 million inhabitants) is the capital of the coastal province of Zhejiang. The city is an economic, cultural and transportation hub for China’s east coast and a major centre for the electronics manufacturing industry.
Constructed in 2000, the Hangzhou Dragon Stadium attracts some of the largest crowds in China. The stadium, which is five kilometers from the city centre, boasts 52,672 seats.
Nicknamed “the Paris of the East”, Shanghai is not only China’s largest city (18million inhabitants) and primary shipping port, but also the most developed and modern city in the entire country. The Shanghai Hongkou Stadium is one of China’s most modern and spacious sports arenas. The 31,000-seat city-centre stadium, which was built in 1998, is the home ground of Shanghai Shenhua.
One of four cities (together with Beijing, Shanghai and Chongquing) under the direct jurisdiction of the Central Government of the People’s Republic of China, Tianjin (more than ten million inhabitants) is the perfect blend of tradition and modernity, and as such it is one of the country’s most popular cities.
Construction work on the Tianjin stadium was completed in March 2007. The stadium has a capacity of nearly 60,000 and is just 30 kilometres from Tianjin Binhai International Airport.
The capital of Hubei Province, Wuhan is the economic, cultural and transportation hub of central China. Wuhan is also a metropolis with a population of nearly nine million people.
The city’s modern stadium was built in 2002 for the FIFA Women’s World Cup that was originally due to be played in China in 2003. It has 52,357 seats and is just 30 kilometres from Tianhe airport.