Watch a Football game at Beijing Workers Stadium

Do you like to watch football? Have you watched a football match in China? If you plan to travel in Beijing and you like to watch football, you should not miss a match of Beijing’s football team, Beijing Guoan, at the Workers Stadium. It’s a good cultural experience as you will be among a lot of locals.

To go to the Workers Stadium you can get off at Exit C if Subway station Dongsi shitiao Line 2. You should go early as there will be a lot of people. If you don’t have a ticket yet, there are a lot of possibilities to buy one there on the streets. But it will sure cost more than the regular tickets.

There’s no need to know the way to the stadium. Just follow all the people dressed in green tricots of Beijings team Guoan. Along the street there are various stands where you can buy merchandise articles of the team such as tricots, scarves, hats and a lot more. If you start seeing a lot of police you are near the stadium. Outside the stadium you can buy drinks in plastic cups as it is not allowed to bring PET or glass bottles into the stadium. However, you can also buy your drinks inside the stadium. For entering the stadium there will be 2 entrance checks. One for getting into the area of the stadium and the other for the sector you are sitting. Also there are several bag checks on the way. Finally when you are in the correct sector, you can search for your seat and wait until the game starts.

Workers Stadium

Beijings worker stadium has been constructed in 1959 as one of the Ten Great Buildings for the 10th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and is a multi-purpose stadium located in Chaoyang District. The stadium which is often called “Gong Ti” by locals was the main venue for the 1990 Asian Games, where the opening and closing ceremonies were held. In 1993 various records have been set by the world-leading group of Chinese distance runners at the Chinese National Games. Moreover the stadium holds claim to the fastest women’s 1500 m time ever recorded, the fastest women’s 3000m and 10’000 m. These world records still stand today and are arguably the stadium’s biggest claim to fame.

However, the stadium is mostly used for football matches. For the 2008 Summer Olympics it hosted the football quarter-finals and semi-finals and the women’s gold medal final. In 2009 it was host for the Barclays Asia Trophy featuring Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Hull City and of course Beijing Guoan.

Beijing Guoan

Beijing Guoan Football Club is a professional football club and participates currently in the Chinese Super League.  The Workers Stadium is its home stadium. The club was formed in 1992 and produced a number of notable Chinese footballers such as former 1860 Munich and Energe Cottbus midfielder Shao Jiayi and former Eintracht Frankfurt striker Yang Chen.

In 2006 the club sold a part of its ownership to Real Madrid, hoping to achieve better popularity and results. The club made good start to the 2009 season. They won their first ever Chinese Super League title. However they crashed out of the AFC Champions League at the group stage. In recent years, the club has successful seasons with being second place in 2011 and third place in the season 2013. The team’s head coach is Aleksandar Stanojević and there are currently 5 foreign players participating in the team including Frédéric Kanouté who transferred in 2012.

 

There are a lot of bars and club nearby the Workers stadium. After the game is finished you can go there for a drink maybe with some new friends you met at the game. This will make your travel in China unforgettable.

 

Jack Li
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