National Stadium, fondly referred to as the bird's nest:
practicality rather than the law was key to winning the
At the auspicious time of 8:08 pm on 8.8.08 (the number
eight being associated with prosperity in China), the Beijing
Olympics will open in the iconic bird's nest National Stadium
before a television audience of nearly four billion. From the
moment the design was selected, the National Stadium has been
the most prominent symbol of the Beijing Olympics. It has also
come to represent China's ascension to the ranks of leading
global economic powers.
The symbolism of the National Stadium is hard to overstate,
and it has received the full attention of the government. There
will be no rush to complete the infrastructure as there was in
Athens in 2004. There has never been any question that it would
not be done on time ...