City's largest athletic center to open on Chongming

The first phase of Chongming Sports Training Center is expected to be put into use by the end of the year.
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Shanghai's largest sports training center, located on Chongming Island, is expected to be put into use by the end of the year, providing local athletes and national teams with a comprehensive training venue.

The first phase of Chongming Sports Training Center covers 559,000 square meters, enough room for 1,500 athletes and coaches to live and train together.

According to the Shanghai Urban Construction and Communications Commission, construction on the 27 buildings of the first phrase has been completed. Sports training facilities will be installed in the coming months.

“Public days” may also be arranged in the future to allow citizens to visit the center and watch the professionals train.

The center will provide training facilities for 14 sports, including basketball, handball, baseball, table tennis and boxing.

According to the Shanghai Sports Institute, some athletes who used to train in Xuhui District’s Meilong Sports Training Center are expected to move into the new center on Chongming by the end of the year. The Meilong center is one of Shanghai’s oldest athletic training institutions, and is also currently the training base of local basketball team the Shanghai Sharks.

Experts from Tongji University took part in the design of structures in the center.

The second phase of the center is still under planning, and may include an indoor cycling arena.

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