Shenzhen is expanding the construction of sports facilities to promote athletics and perfect a system of public health to ensure the physical wellness of its people. Competitive sports have been upgraded at a fast speed, and many athletes have won prizes in major national competitions. Shenzhen has invited CBA Marco Polo Basketball Club and Bayi Women's Volleyball Club to settle in the city. The city successfully hosted the 26th Summer Universiade in 2011.
SPORTS AND FITNESS
Shenzhen is conducting widespread public fitness programs. About 88.5% of its residents meet national standards of fitness. Shenzhen conducts more than 1,600 sports and fitness activities each year, with 18.6% of adults involved in exercise three or more times a week.
Shenzhen's sports venues occupy more than 12 million square meters in total, and public fitness facilities cover nearly 4 million square meters.
Shenzhen Sports Center Located in Futian District, the center occupies 278,000 square meters. It includes the 6,500-seat Shenzhen Gymnasium, with floor space of 21,200 square meters; the 30,000-seat Shenzhen Stadium, with floor space of 411,690 square meters; and the Shenzhen Swimming and Diving Natatorium, which has more than 4,000 seats and floor space of 54,300 square meters.
Universiade Center The main competition venue for the 26th Summer Universiade in 2011, the sports center is located in central Olympic New Town in Longgang District. The center is composed of a 60,000-seat stadium, a gymnasium with 18,000 seats, a swimming hall seating 3,000 and subsidiary facilities including a plaza, an underground parking garage and a stadium for warm-up training.
Shenzhen Bay Sports Center The Shenzhen Bay Sports Center resembles a huge cocoon lying near the sea. It is a comprehensive sports facility that held the opening ceremony of the 26th Summer Universiade. The sports center includes a stadium of 20,000 seats, a gymnasium of 13,000 seats, a swimming hall, a sportsmen's service center, a sports-themed park and commercial facilities.
Shenzhen's sports training system includes two city-level professional training schools including Shenzhen Sports School and Shenzhen Physical Culture and Sports Team; eight sports schools for amateurs at all levels; 40 provincial-level senior high schools specializing in physical education;33 city-level experimental schools offering high-level physical education; and 194 city-level schools specializing in physical education. The system offers training to more than 14,000 people currently.
Home to the first national-level sports industry base in China and more than 6,000 sporting goods manufacturers and trading enterprises, Shenzhen has a growing sports industry. The city hosts sports events including the China Cup International Regatta, WTA and ATP International Tennis Shenzhen Open Tournament and Shenzhen International Marathon.
SHENZHEN FOOTBALL CLUB
Shenzhen established its football team in 1994, which won the championship of the first China Super League season and took third place in the 2005 AFC Champions League.