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26 September

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JING鈥橝N                     鈥?Competition attracts 7,000 fans

                            Residents perform Mulan Fan, a popular exercise among locals, at this month鈥檚 opening ceremony of the Jing鈥檃n Sports Meeting held
                            in the new Jing鈥檃n Sports Center. The event attracted more than 7,000 people who competed in almost 450 events. 鈥?Xiao Mingliang

                            Now, football in the sky as
                            new sports facilities bloom

Scan on WeChat to have      Li Qian                                          A rooftop football field is unveiled at         we will take any effort to develop,鈥?Yu said.
real-time update of what鈥檚                                                   Jing鈥檃n Sports Center, the first of its kind       Near the new sports center, at 880 Yonghe
happening in the district.  Jing鈥檃n鈥檚 biggest sports center, which in-       in Shanghai. 鈥?Jiang Xiaowei
(Chinese only)                    cludes a rooftop football field 13 meters                                                  Road, tables with chess pieces and boards
                                  above the ground, opened this month        rooftop recreation area during their noon       have been set up in an outdoor public ac-
                                  as part of the district鈥檚 campaign to      break.                                          tivity area. Such tables will be introduced
                            improve access to sports facilities.                                                             to at least 15 neighborhoods by the end of
                                                                                The LL Land Holding Building converts an     the year.
                               The Jing鈥檃n Sports Center, at 116 Wen-        emergency shelter into a fitness club that
                            shui Road, covers 61,733 square meters           can be used when there is no emergency.            But the district government is fostering
                            and dwarfs all other sports centers in the                                                       the development of non-traditional activi-
                            downtown area.                                      And facilities are going high-tech.          ties as well, as younger generations develop
                                                                                In July, two self-service basketball courts  new interests and new trends develop. In
                               The rooftop football field seats 750 peo-     opened at 262 Xinma Road and 1640 Linfen        the Jing鈥檃n Sports and Fitness Center, at
                            ple and is the first in Shanghai, said Yu        Road, where users pay with WeChat to gain       151 Kangding Road, sports such as base-
                            Biao, director of the Jing鈥檃n Sports Bureau,     entry.                                          ball, roller skating and billiards have been
                            although because of its capacity it is more         About 10,000 people use them a month.        introduced.
                            likely to be used just for training.             Vending machines provide drinks and
                                                                             rental balls and administrators monitor            And in May, a professional venue for e-
                               The center also has a 5,600-seat multi-       the courts through CCTV cameras.                Sports, or electronic sports, opened.
                            function venue, a swimming pool, two                鈥淪ports is the future and it is something
                            basketball courts, two volleyball courts,                                                           In November 2003, eSports was officially
                            four tennis courts, 16 table tennis courts       Self-service basketball court 鈥?Ma Chao         included as a game in China. Over the past
                            and 20 badminton courts, covering the                                                            few years, the number of professional
                            most popular sports among residents, Yu                                                          gamers and spectators has surged in the
                            said. Prices will be discounted 20-50 per-                                                       country and China now has an estimated
                            cent during the trial operation to the end                                                       170 million eSports followers.
                            of the year.
                                                                                                                                League of Legends, or LoL, is one of the
                               Except the swimming pool, opening                                                             world鈥檚 most popular multi-player online
                            hours are 10am-10pm Monday to Friday                                                             battle arena games with at least 100 mil-
                            and 9am-10pm at weekends.                                                                        lion users.

                               The new stadium is part of the district鈥檚                                                        The venue in Jing鈥檃n, called 666, is the
                            13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) to provide                                                       designated venue for LSPL for the year. In
                            residents easy access to sports facilities.                                                      its 2,000-square-meter main hall, 16 teams
                            The plan calls for residents to have access to                                                   competed in the spring game, attracting
                            gym equipment in their communities with-                                                         more than 5 million online viewers.
                            in a five-minute walk from home, a gym
                            club or school playground within 10 min-                                                         A top venue for eSports, 666 鈥?Ti Gong
                            utes and comprehensive sports facilities,
                            such as a stadium, within 15 minutes.

                               For Jing鈥檃n, with its mix of white-collar
                            workers and senior citizens, authorities
                            regard it as vial to establish sports ven-
                            ues in business areas and residential
                            neighborhoods.

                               Sports and recreation rooms for workers
                            are becoming more common in office build-
                            ings. In the Kaidike Building that holds
                            more than 4,000 workers, desk jockeys like
                            to have a walk or play badminton in the
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