The Shanghai Stadium was inaugurated in 1997 when the 8th National Games of China took place in Shanghai. It seats nearly 57,000 people and was designed by the Shanghai Institute of Architectural Design & Research and highlights a deviated, saddle-shaped shelter, with a moulded fibreglass layer. The stadium may have been constructed in 1997 as the essential venue for the National Games of the People’s Republic of China, but the Shanghai Stadium has since gone on to host several sporting competitions, counting several 2008 Summer Olympicssoccer matches and the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games opening ceremony. The Shanghai Stadium is for multi-purpose, currently used generally for football matches of Chinese Super League side Shanghai International Port Group FC. It is presently not inside the list of the thirty biggest football stadiums within the world and is the third biggest stadium in China after the Guangdong Olympic Stadium and the Beijing National Stadium. The Stadium was utilized for football preliminaries at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
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With the approximate 57,000 seat-capacity, the multi-purpose venue is mainly utilized for Chinese Super League and international football matches.
In 2015, it hosted the Supercoppa Italiana Final between Juventus and Lazio on 8th August.
Shanghai Stadium was moreover the venue for the Opening Ceremony of the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
The Stadium has pulled in several design awards, counting a Top Ten Shanghai Classical Architecture’s Gold honour in 1999.
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