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PEKING LUCK

A sinuous tangle of heavy steel is providing structural support for China's planned Olympic Stadium in Beijing.

Designed by Arup Sport with China Architecture Design & Research Group and Swiss architect Herzog & de Meuron, the $500M, 80,000 seat structure will have a retractable roof. Construction is due to start on 24 December next year for completion and testing a year before the 2008 Olympics actually take place. For the Games themselves, seating for a crowd of 100,000 will be provided.

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