Beijing National Stadium (above), is also known as "The Birds Nest". The stadium is hosting the main track and field competitions for the 2008 National Olympics, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.
Location and Olympic Cauldron
It is located east of the Beijing National Aquatics Centre. The stadium now holds the Olympic cauldron, which is shaped as a conical scroll. The cauldron was placed on the top during the opening ceremony, so that it could then be lit at the end of the ceremony. The flame will now remain lit until the end of the 2008 games.
The stadium currently has a seating capacity of 91,000. The capacity will be reduced to 80,000 after the Olympic Games. The Bird's Nest is approximately 1,082 feet long, 721 feet wide, and is 227 feet tall. The stadium uses 2,777,112 square feet of volume and has a usable area of 2,195,856 square feet.
It was built with 22.4 miles of unwrapped steel, with a combined weight of 49,600 tons. The stadium will cost up to $423 million.