Beijing 2022 legacy 'Ice Cube' venue to open to the public in April

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The National Aquatics Center, aka the Ice Cube, which hosted curling events during Beijing 2022, will open to the public in April this year.

Opening the venues to the public is in keeping with the sustainability pledges of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

"In order to satisfy visitors' desires to have a truer feeling of the Games, the Winter Olympic image landscape, spectators' stand, and the curling rinks have been fully preserved," said Yang Qiyong, general manager of the Center on Sunday.

The sports presentations will continue, while mascots Bing Dwen Dwen and Shuey Rhon Rhon will still be present.

Yang explained that the arrangement is designed to give visitors a panoramic view of the Games and to help spread Winter Olympic culture.

Posters, work dairies, and publicity materials were collected to promote the spirit of Beijing 2022 volunteers, and the Olympic pin market, which witnessed many moments of joy during the Games, will remain open for fans, Yang said.

Moving forward, the venue will be transformed back into a "Water Cube" swimming pool in June, while it and the amusement park will also re-welcome the public before the summer vacation.

Additionally, the underground ice sports center on the south side of the Ice Cube will be opened to the public for the first time in May.

Before the conclusion of Beijing 2022, the Beijing State-owned Assets Management Co., Ltd., which operates the National Aquatics Center, had reached framework agreements with the World Curling Federation and the Chinese Curling Association. These agreements were made with the aim to host World Cups and other international high-level competitions and ensure the sustainable use of the venues while facilitating the development of Chinese winter sports.

"The Games' legacies are valuable assets. We don't want them to fade away easily. Instead, we hope these facilities, knowledge, and culture continue to bring value to the public," said Yang.

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