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What do you make of the Bird's Nest?

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The Beijing Olympic Stadium has finally opened it's doors to the media.

The 91,000 capacity venue will host the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2008 Olympics in August as well as the athletics and football finals.

Read more here: news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/oly... and let us know what you think of the Bird's Nest, as it has been affectionately christened.

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comment by LaraCL (U11645872)

posted Apr 18, 2008

Does anyone happen to know if any of the ticket prices are remotely within the reach of an average chinese worker?
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Have a look at this link:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/2006-11/29/content_745997.htm

and if you don't belive the chinese media then look at this link:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2006/nov/30/china.Olympics2012

It may be difficult for you to accept, but the most tickets are well within the range of average chinese workers.

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posted Apr 18, 2008

Not difficult for me to accept at all, I'm very glad to hear it.

I wonder if things will be the same in London?

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posted Apr 18, 2008

lol chances of it happening in London... slimmer than the chances of alien first contact, reversal of global warming and end of world hunger/war all happening on the same day...

I've started saving already...

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comment by LaraCL (U11645872)

posted Apr 18, 2008

"The project cost 3.5 billion yuan (250,000m) to complete and paying customers will be admitted for the first time on Friday."

That is one VERY expensive project...

I think you meant 250M as opposed to 250,000M. To put this into perspective the proposed London Olympic stadium is estimated to cost 469M at this point in time (almost twice the cost).

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posted Apr 19, 2008

Of course the London stadium is much more expensive:

1/ Wage levels are much higher
2/ Convict labour is not used
3/ Compensation was paid to those who lost land and business
4/ Western health and safety standards have to be met

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comment by LaraCL (U11645872)

posted Apr 19, 2008

I never disputed that the London 2012 stadium shouldn't be more expensive. I was simply responding to the remark on stadium being VERY expensive by comparing the costs of the Beijing stadium to other similar stadiums - i.e 250M is not THAT expensive compared to 469M for the London Stadium and the 800M for Wembley.

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posted Apr 19, 2008

no need to be so touchy lara!

Anyway, given the history of British construction projects I'd be amazed if you could find anyone who'll think that the London statement will come in anyway neer budget. I'd bet 900m would be nearer the mark.

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posted Apr 19, 2008

that should of course say

'stadium will come in anyway near budget'.

I've been on the glenfiddich!

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posted Apr 21, 2008

JUst stop giving benefits to scroungers and it will help pay for our stadium...

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posted Apr 21, 2008

There's certainly plently of scroungers getting handouts, but if the money could be reclaimed as easily as that then it should be sepnt on more needy cuases - disabled servicemen, war widows, cancer care etc. The olympics should pay for themselves through tickets, TV and advertising

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