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2,000 more Seats for Basketball Feast
Latest Updated by 2006-08-03 15:19:01
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The China Basketball Contest is coming, with the gradual finish of preparations at Guangzhou New Gymnasium that will be the fairyland for the basketball fans from 7 to 8 August.  To satisfy the fans' requirements, the new gymnasium is now installing 1,800 more seats there, where will contain 12,600 basketball fans to show "craziness" there at that time.

Guangzhou New Gymnasium was set up in June 2001, with the area of 240,000m2, for implementing the projects of the Ninth National Games at that time.  And, it held there the gymnastics contest and closing ceremony of the games.

After the confirmation was made that the China Basketball Contest would held at Guangzhou, NBA has respectively sent its relevant representatives in charge of the ground, contest and news here for investigating the gymnasium.  "They were very satisfied with the facilities of this gymnasium", said Li Yan, the responsible person of the gymnasium.  "The only request they put forward was to add more seats for more fans to enjoy the contest here."

 "In order to make this contest a success, we have expanded the seats at the auditorium, from 10,800 to 12,600", Li Yan introduced.  Up to now, the seat expansion at the site has basically been finished.  The framework set up there shows that the central basketball court is completely surrounded by the auditorium, and the audience there will be satisfied absolutely to enjoy the contest so much at that time.

Since the establishment, the new gymnasium has already been equipped with the electronic, intelligent and digital conditions, in line with the contest requirements for both the hardware and software conditions.  "They especially sent the press officials here to investigate our news release room.  They were quiet satisfied with the status there, without putting forward any revision opinion even."

At that time, the training halls for the basketball teams of China, America and Brazil will be the side halls beside the contest court, which are quite standard ones.

Ms. Li Yan said, "The locker rooms here are almost in line with the NBA requirements.  However, the basketball players are quite tall this time, and some of the facilities have to be modified accordingly."  The lockers for the basketball players have to be changed the most.  The gymnasium has specially ordered the lockers from the manufacturers directly, with the height of 1.6m, much higher than those fixed here normally before.  And, the slippers prepared for the players have specially been ordered per the special sizes as well.

Editor: Yan

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