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City to build a 'world-class sports complex' by renovating existing stadium and gymnasium

    The city's 2040 blueprint promises in future Shanghai "joggers can run through city parks freely and rest on grasslands whenever they feel like it."

    This will soon become reality as construction has started on the city's largest public sports venue in Xujiahui, which aims to meet the rising demands of sports enthusiasts and residents for fitness activities.

    Xujiahui Sports Park will include major sports venues, running tracks and spacious green areas upon its opening by the end of 2019.

    "It will become a future landmark and world-class sports complex," according to the city government's ambition.

    The park will stay open round the clock and will incorporate the existing stadium, gymnasium and swimming pool, along with the high-rise office building Dongya Mansion ¡ª all four structures are undergoing major renovation.

    Other existing structures within the designated park area will be replaced by trees, jogging lanes and outdoor sports fields covering about 300,000 square meters, according to the Shanghai Planning, Land and Resources Administration.

    Shanghai Stadium will be renovated to be able to host various track and field contests as well as other major sports events, such as football, rugby, baseball, rock climbing and squash.

    The structure of the neighboring Shanghai Gymnasium, built in 1975, will be consolidate, but its historic appearance preserved. It will be able to host table tennis, badminton, basketball, volleyball and snooker events. It will also host boxing, kick-boxing and cyber games.

    The swimming pool will serve as a training base for swimming and diving for teenagers. It will also be open to the public.

    The management and operation center of the future park will be headquartered in Dongya Sports Mansion.

    An underground venue will be built at the south of the gymnasium for the public to take part in sports. It will consist of 40 badminton fields, space for 30 table tennis, three tennis courts, and other sites for fencing, boxing, yoga and dancing.

    To improve the traffic, an underground tunnel will connect Metro lines 1 and 11 stations with the sports venues. More than 1,000 underground parking lots have also been planned for the park.