Key facts

Address 1 National Stadium South Road, Beijing
Capacity 80,000 seats
Build Date 2007
Record Attendance 89,102 (Nigeria–Argentina, 23 August 2008)


Beijing National Stadium (the National Stadium, the Bird’s Nest, BNS) is a stadium located in Beijing, a capital of China. The design of the stadium was created for Olympics and Paralympics that took place in the summer of 2008. It is planned to be used again in the winter of 2022 for Olympics and Paralympics.

The construction of the stadium cost $428 million, and it took five years (from 2003 to 2008) to complete it. On its first anniversary, Beijing National Stadium hosted the opera Turandot and the Italian Super Cup final. The capacity for the Olympics was 91,000, and in usually days it is 80,000 people.

The Beijing Guoan F.C. was going to make the ground its home, but they backed out because their games gathered only about 10,000 people, so the capacity of 80,000 was too large for them.

In 2010, Beijing National Stadium hosted a match between Beijing Guoan and Birmingham City F.C., which was won by the latter with a score of 1–0.

In 2012, the stadium hosted Manchester City and Arsenal, which resulted in a victory of Manchester City with a score of 2–0. Time to time, the stadium is used by China national football team, and from 2009 to 2010, it was the permanent home of China national basketball team.