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Guo'an Out of Bird's Nest Reckoning
    2008-10-15 18:03:53     CRIENGLISH.com
President of Beijing's Guo'an Football Club, Luo Ning claims that his club will choose the Workers' Stadium or the Fengtai District Sports Center as its home ground.

With that, the president denied earlier reports that his club would opt to use the Birds' Nest as their home ground, saying that not using the National Stadium would help keep its image intact.

The poor standard of Chinese football and huge maintenance costs of the stadium, according to the reports, might be the major reasons behind that have forced Guo'an out of the reckoning for use of the National Stadium.

The rights to operate the Bird's Nest after the Beijing Olympic Games was won by the Beijing CITIC Consortium Stadium Operation Co. Ltd., a co-venture between CITIC Group, Beijing Urban Construction Group and Golden State Holding Group Corp.

Li Hang, chairman of the consortium, said that they will operate the satudium for 30 years. The Bird's Nest would hold suited sports and entertainment events and other commercial operations.

The operating cost for the stadium is about 70 million yuan ($10.2 million) a year. The consortium will also generate revenue from the sale of naming rights.


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