Incheon Asiad Main Stadium

Incheon Stadium
Asiad Main Stadium

View of Stadium in June 2014
Full name Incheon Asiad Main Stadium
Location 1048 Bongsu-daero
South Korea
Coordinates 37°32′51″N 126°39′57″E / 37.547418°N 126.665797°E / 37.547418; 126.665797
Owner Municipality of Incheon
Capacity 30,000
61,074 (2014 Asian Games)[1]
Surface Grass
Broke ground 25 June 2011
Opened 1 July 2014
Construction cost Korean Won 496 billion
USD $ 429 million
Architect Populous[2]
2014 Asian Games
2014 Asian Para Games

The Incheon Stadium, commonly known as the Incheon Asia Main Stadium, is a stadium located in Incheon, South Korea. Completed in July 2014, it is used mostly for athletics meets and was the main venue of the 2014 Asian Games. The stadium has been designed with an initial capacity of roughly 60,000 spectators. After the 2014 Asian Games, capacity was reduced to 30,000 spectators. The stadium has an oval running track enclosing a regulation-size soccer field. Outside, there's a tennis court, a subsidiary stadium, and the 1,415.13㎡ Yeonhui Cricket Ground.[3]

The main stadium was used for the opening and closing ceremony and Athletics competition of 2014 Asian Games. Utilizing the long linear landscape from South to North to actively connect to surrounding parks, and the natural continuity of the rooftops to facilitate the approach by spectators, in order to overcome the difficulty of approaching the long site while emphasizing the potential of the area. It attempts to depict the movements of people with the lines and soft curvatures of dancing in order to link with Seungmu (Buddhist dance), and to express dynamic movement with the tide and wind, which represent the sea of Incheon.

Design and Construction

On April 17, 2007, Incheon was chosen as the venue for the 16-day Asiad that will be held from September to October 2014. The total number of participants is about 20,000: 13,000 athletes and officials and 7,000 media from 45 National Olympic Committees (NOC).

Populous, the global architecture firm that also designed London's Olympic Stadium has designed the stadium in collaboration with Heerim Architects and Planners. The chief feature of the stadium is its sustainability. The design configures the main facilities towards the permanent western side, while the temporary seating spaces towards the eastern side. The temporary seating will be removed after the games.

In the beginning of the stadium, the reflections of the traditional Buddhist ritual Seung Moo Dance is seen. It exhibits form and space around active movement. The forces of yin and yang form the nucleus of the architectural design. The stadium was built based on the three concepts of “incorporating light,” “bringing in the rising wind,” and “dancing with joy” to embody the energy of Incheon and the excitement shared by the participating countries through sporting events.

The five-story main stadium stretches across a total ground area of 113,620㎡ and is designed to seat over 60,000 spectators. Its two huge roofs form delicate undulating curves and its overall shape looks like a spaceship, which blends perfectly with the vast lawn plaza. The surrounding areas of the main stadium were designed in an environment-friendly manner, including the Eco Canal that connects two streams flowing nearby and Biotope, a small-scale ecological habitat. The sculptures throughout the stadium grounds are also noteworthy. After Asian Games come to an end, the main stadium will be re-purposed into a multi-use space for a wider range of cultural events[4] The stadium uses eco-friendly energy, such as solar heat and terrestrial heat, as well as state-of-the-art information technologies (IT). Seven sports facilities such sports as swimming, volleyball, tennis and bowling will get under way.


The stadium has a total of 1,977 parking spaces. The stadium is served by 10 different bus stops (Line 1, 7, 13, 17, 17-1, 70, 77, 700, 700-1 and 903) and also 42-1 for 78m that is linked to downtown. Geomam Station (Airport Railroad Line), Exit 1 is other transport link. Incheon Subway Line 2 has a total of 4 stations in the Asiad Park.[5]

2014 Asian Games

The stadium hosted opening ceremony and closing ceremony of the games.

The athletes' village provided 4,500 rooms to accommodate some 20,000 players, reporters and other officials. Besides the athletes' village, Incheon was trying to secure enough accommodations for visitors during the games. Currently, there are 44 hotels and some 850 motels in the port city and the city plans to construct seven more by the time when the games opens. The IAGOC is also training public servants and athletes of Incheon to prepare them as hosts of the games. Among them are 114 players of 38 sports who will work as staffs to be assigned to sports venues.

See also


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Preceded by
Haixinsha Island
Asian Games
Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Succeeded by
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
Preceded by
Guangdong Olympic Stadium
Asian Games
Main Stadium

Succeeded by
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium

Coordinates: 37°32′51″N 126°39′57″E / 37.547418°N 126.665797°E / 37.547418; 126.665797

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