Public benefits from Hangzhou 2022 venues
The Hangzhou Gymnasium was opened to the public on May 25, 2022 after renovations were completed for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang province.
The Games, originally scheduled for September, were postponed due to the pandemic. However, locals can now enjoy the facilities prior to the start of the Games on Sept 23, 2023.
The venue's 14 table tennis tables and six badminton courts are already proving extremely popular with local residents, and phones for booking have been ringing off the hook.
Hangzhou Gymnasium, the boxing venue for the Asian Games and the boccia competition of the Asian Para Games, had been closed for renovation.
For the benefit of the public, the local sports bureau has rolled out a plan and detailed measures to make better use of the venues and facilities for the Hangzhou Asian Games.
At present, a total of 41 venues have offered free admission or public services with relatively low operation costs. In addition to Asian Games-related activities, non-profit training programs, sports events, exhibitions and cultural performances, some of the venues provide parking space for residents in the neighborhood.