A general view of Birds Nest stadium, the venue for Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Feb. 3, 2021 in Beijing.
The Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 will look a little familiar to anyone who watched Beijing’s last Games in 2008 as athletes march into Beijing National Stadium — affectionately known as the “Bird’s Nest” — for the Opening Ceremony.
But take a closer look at the nearby venue known in 2008 as the “Water Cube” as host of most of the swimming and diving events. It’s now the “Ice Cube” and will host curling in 2022. The rest of the Games will feature a mix of old and new necessitated by the requirements of hosting such vastly different programs. That includes mountainous regions of the greater Beijing area that will expand the scope of the Games well beyond the city center.
Here’s a look at the three different zones where the world’s greatest athletes will compete in just 100 days.
Most of the Beijing 2022 venues are located on the Olympic Green, which contains the Bird’s Nest, the Ice Cube and several other venues that will be reused from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Ice hockey will be held inside the Beijing National Indoor Stadium (which hosted gymnastics, trampoline and handball in 2008). The only new venue constructed on the Olympic Green is the National Speed Skating Oval, occupying the site of the 2008 field hockey stadium.
Outside of the Olympic Green is the other arena that will host ice hockey, the Wukesong Sports Centre (home of basketball in 2008). Capital Indoor Stadium, which hosted volleyball in 2008, will host short track speedskating and figure skating. And Big Air Shougang, as clearly spelled out in its name, will host big air skiing and snowboarding, and is the world’s first permanent big air venue.
While 2008 Olympians also lived on the Olympic Green, those units became homes for Beijing residents in the aftermath of those Games. A new Olympic Village was constructed for 2022 just south of the Olympic Green. Completed in July 2021, it contains 2,300 beds for athletes and officials. Much like its 2008 counterpart, the Village will become apartments following the Games.