Sports facilities offer free access on National Fitness Day

Over 540 sports arenas, gyms and health centers will offer free access to the public on August 8, National Fitness Day.

More than 540 sports arenas, gyms and health centers around the city will offer free access to the public on Tuesday to mark National Fitness Day.

Shanghai Oriental Sports Center is one of five city level sports venues to join the “one day free campaign,” and will make its tennis, basketball, table tennis, football and badminton courts available from 9am to 5pm. The indoor and outdoor swimming pools also offer free entrance before 4pm.

The other city level venues include Shanghai Sports Palace, Shanghai Kanglin Sports Center, Jiangwan Stadium and Zhongyuan Stadium.

Pudong’s Yuanshen Stadium will also make most of its ball game facilities free for use on Tuesday, as well as some indoor and outdoor gym facilities and the running tracks.

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Earlier experiences of celebrating fitness day showed swimming pools are the most popular venues. Some require reservation or on-site booking due to limited capacity.

On Tuesday morning, doctors and sports medicine experts will attend 16 consultation spots around the city, including Fuxing Park, Jing’an Gymnasium and Luxun Park, to provide health information and medical checks.

More information is available on www.shsports.gov.cn or by dialing hotline 965365.

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