China National Convention Centre readies for the Olympics

The venue steps up again as the main media hub for Beijing's upcoming Winter Games, before opening officially in 2024.

Phase two of the China National Convention Center joins the original venue, which was also a media centre and host to some events for Beijing's 2008 Olympic Games.
Phase two of the China National Convention Center joins the original venue, which was also a media centre and host to some events for Beijing's 2008 Olympic Games. Photo Credit: China National Convention Center

Phase two of the China National Convention Center (CNCC) will be used as the main media hub of Beijing's upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics from 4 February, after which the venue will continue construction to merge with the earlier built Phase one for an official opening in 2024.

This will not be the first time CNCC has been used for the global sporting event.

Located in the Beijing Olympic Park (Zone B), the original venue beside the National Indoor Stadium was designed for use in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, for the fencing and pentathlon competitions, doubling as well as a media centre. It was later repurposed as a convention centre and named CNCC.

For 2022's Games, CNCC-II is located in Beijing Olympic Sports Center Area, in the northern end of the central axis of Beijing. After serving its duty as a main media centre, construction for phase two will continue and it is expected to open at 1Q 2024 as an international convention centre, offering some 1.3 million sqm of venue space.

Designed by French architect Christian de Portzamparc, the completed centre will spread across 780,000sqm, where the main convention centre will offer 420,000 sqm of event space for business exhibition services and large-scale international exchanges.

Varying venue sizes will accommodate cosy groups of 30, to mega events of up to 20,000 people, or events hosting more than 50,000.

The centre will also be complemented by an office building, boutique shopping & retail, and two hotels: the Ritz- Carlton and Marriott Marquis brands.

Consulting firm GainingEdge has been appointed as consultant for venue management and international marketing services for CNCC-II, ahead of its opening in 2024.

Additional reporting by Natalie Joy Lee.



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