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Venue for PyeongChang's opening, closing ceremonies nears completion

2017/09/29 11:16

SEOUL, Sept. 29 (Yonhap) -- The PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, the stage for the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, will be completed over the weekend, the event's organizers said Friday.

PyeongChang's organizing committee said the 35,000-seat venue in PyeongChang, 180 kilometers east of Seoul, will be finished Saturday, 22 months after the start of its construction.

The pentagonal shape of the venue represents the five objectives of PyeongChang 2018, which have been labeled Cultural Games, Environmental Games, Games for Peace, Economic Games and ICT Games.

The opening ceremony for the first Winter Olympics in South Korea will be Feb. 9, and the closing ceremony is Feb. 25.

The PyeongChang Olympic Stadium will also host the opening ceremony for the Winter Paralympics on March 9 and its closing ceremony March 18.

The venue, the central part of PyeongChang's Olympic Plaza, has seven floors aboveground and one level underground.

After the competitions, the stadium's 35,000 seats will be removed and it will house an Olympic memorial hall and an athletic training center.

This photo, provided by the organizing committee for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Sept. 29, 2017, shows the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, the venue for the competition's opening and closing ceremonies. (Yonhap) This photo, provided by the organizing committee for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Sept. 29, 2017, shows the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, the venue for the competition's opening and closing ceremonies. (Yonhap)

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