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Yuexiushan Stadium
Yuexiushan Stadium
Yuexiushan Stadium After Refurb (2019).jpg
Yuexiushan Stadium in 2019
Former namesStadium of Park of Mount Yut Sau
Location4 Yingyuan Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
OwnerGuangzhou Sports Bureau
Capacity18,000[1]
SurfaceGrass
Openedaround 1926
Tenants
Guangzhou R&F (2011-present)
Guangzhou Evergrande
(1993-1997, 2001-2010)

The Yuexiushan Stadium (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; Jyutping: Jyut?sau³saan¹ Tai²juk?coeng?) is a multi-purpose stadium in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, named for its location at the foot of Yuexiu Hill. It is currently mostly used for football matches and also sometimes for athletics. It is located on 4 Yingyuan Road.

The stadium, which is owned by the Guangzhou Sports Bureau, opened before 1926,and refresh in 1950 with a capacity of 35,000 people.[2] However, following renovation and the installation of fixed seating in 2012, the capacity is now 18,000.[3]

The stadium is best reached by taking Guangzhou Metro Line 2 to Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station.

History

Yut Sau Shan Public Stadium in early 1930s.
Yuexiushan Stadium in 2009, preparing for 2010 Asian Games.

In the past Qing the place was occupted by the ammunition depot. When the Republic era came, Chen Chiung-ming had designed the place to be used for sports. As the playground opened before 1926, it had muddy ground and few facilities.

In 1950 the new government refresh the playground as both a sports stadium and arena for civic celebrations. As the home stadium of first the Guangzhou city side and later the Guangdong provincial side, Yuexiushan hosted a large number of friendly matches with international opposition in the late 1950s and early 1960s including against Algeria, Sweden and Soviet champions Spartak Moscow.[4] These games would come to be known as 'foreign battles' and would see both Cuba and Albania play at Yuexiushan in the early 1970s and, after the end of Cultural Revolution, visiting sides included the West German Olympic Team.[5]

Yuexiushan was also the venue for Guangzhou's National Day celebrations, although an event to mark the 40th anniversary of the Russian October Revolution ended in disaster when 33 people were killed in a crush.[4]

The Yuexiushan Stadium hosted the inaugural Guangdong-Hong Kong Cup match in early 1979, which Guangdong won 1-0.

By the late 1980s Yuexiushan was no longer the premier ground in Guangzhou with the opening of the new Tianhe stadium. However, Guangzhou continued to play their regular fixtures at Yuexiushan and finished second in the National Championship in 1992 and 1994, helped by an unbeaten record of 21 games at Yuexiushan.[6]

Yuexiushan has undergone multiple renovations since the late 1990s which have seen player facilities in the entrance tower at the city end of the ground improved and a roof, electronic scoreboard and fixed plastic seating installed for spectators. Fans sitting at the Yuexiu Park end of the ground are still exposed to the elements though.[6]

Following their promotion to the Chinese Super League (CSL), original tenants Guangzhou Evergrande (the successors to the Guangzhou side founded in 1954 and the first Chinese sports club with 5 million followers on Weibo[7]) moved out of the Yuexiushan Stadium and across town to Tianhe Stadium for the 2011 season.[8] Guangzhou R&F played their first home game at Yuexiushan in the summer of 2011 and were promoted to the CSL at the end of the season. Following R&F's third-place finish in 2014, Yuexiushan hosted four Asian Champions League games under floodlights in 2015.[6]

Yuexiushan was renovated over the winter of 2016/17. The pitch was relayed, VIP facilities improved and the whole stadium painted blue (the colour of tenants Guangzhou R&F).[9] The first match at the refurbished stadium was held on 28 April 2017 when R&F were defeated 1-3 by Guizhou Hengfeng in the CSL.[10] Yuexiushan was later repainted in gold and green after Guangzhou R&F suffered a poor run of form. The decision was reportedly made on feng shui principles.[11]

Notable events

  • October 1976: Guangdong 0 - 2 Australia. Australia were the first international side to tour China after Chairman Mao's death.[12]
  • May 1978: Yuexiushan hosts Guangdong v West Bromwich Albion friendly match[13]
  • December 25, 2010: 3rd Asia Tour: Super Show 3 - The Boy band South Korean Super Junior held a concert to a sold-out crowd of 30,000 people at the stadium.
  • March 17, 2012: Yuexiushan hosts the first Canton Derby as Guangzhou R&F beat reigning league champions and former Yuexiushan tenants Guangzhou Evergrande 2-0.[14]
  • Spring 2015: Yuexiushan hosts Asian Champions League football as Guangzhou R&F play in the group stages. R&F came through two qualifying rounds after finishing third in the Chinese Super League in 2014.[15]

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.thefootballstadiums.com/yuexiushan-stadium
  2. ^ www.fussballtempel.net
  3. ^ "Guangzhou R&F 2013 Season Review: Work in progress : Wild East Football". wildeastfootball.net. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b "Yuexiushan: The cradle of Cantonese football, part one". Wild East Football. 2016-09-13. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "--65,-?" [Why Yuexiushan Stadium Became the Cradle for Football in Guangdong]. Guangzhou R&F FC website. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Yuexiushan: The cradle of Cantonese football, part two". Wild East Football. 2016-11-08. Retrieved .
  7. ^ http://en.ytsports.cn/news-963.html
  8. ^ "Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao Club History". www.gzevergrandefc.com/. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ ",?" [Countdown to R&F Returns to Yuexiushan: First Look After the Renovation]. Guangzhou R&F FC website. Retrieved .
  10. ^ ",-?" [R&F Returns to Yuexiushan After Defeat]. Guangzhou R&F FC website. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "CSL team superstitiously paints entire stadium gold, climbs to third in league - The Stadium Business". www.thestadiumbusiness.com. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ ""Enlightening to say the least" - Australia's 1976 tour of China - Wild East Football". wildeastfootball.net. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "A trumpet-playing panda and half-time ice cream: West Brom's 1978 tour of China - Wild East Football". wildeastfootball.net. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Guangzhou Fuli 2 - 0 Guangzhou Evergrande: Canton Derby Shock : Wild East Football". wildeastfootball.net. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Yuexiushan News: Asia here we come! : Wild East Football". wildeastfootball.net. Retrieved .

Coordinates: 23°08?21?N 113°15?39?E / 23.139216°N 113.260739°E / 23.139216; 113.260739


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