The MetLife BWF World Superseries has been hosted in 12 countries so far. Vision explores some of the venues where the tournaments were held.
Having started in March this year, the MetLife BWF World Superseries has been hosted in 12 countries so far, attracting the world’s top 32 players in badminton. These 12 tournaments - eight in Asia, three in Europe and one in Oceania – end with the Dubai World Superseries Finals taking place from December 9th to 13th. Vision explores some of the venues where the tournaments were held around the world and the features that set them apart.
YONEX FRENCH OPEN at Stadium Pierre de Coubertin
The Yonex Badminton French Open 2015 was held at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin. The stadium can accommodate 3,900 people and is situated in close proximity to some of the biggest tourist attractions in Paris. It has been around since 1986, with the French Open joining as one of the twelve tournaments of the BWF World Superseries in 2008. During the 2014 competition, 15,000 spectators and 250 players from 30 countries attended over a six-day period.
VICTOR KOREA OPEN at SK Handball Stadium (Olympic Gymnasium)
The SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium is not just an impressive indoor sporting arena in the South Korean capital Seoul. The venue is part of a massive – approximately 1.45 million square metres – Olympic Park, which has become a place of leisure and relaxation for Koreans and tourists. It takes about three hours for visitors to explore it. The Gymnasium, which hosted the 1988 Olympics, can fit 7,000 people and is used for a variety of sporting and music events.
YONEX OPEN JAPAN at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
The Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium has gone through many historic events. In 1943, it was used as a training ground to lift people’s morale during World War II, before becoming the venue for the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Since then, it has seen several renovations and remains one of Japan’s most significant facilities for large-scale sports events.
THE STAR AUSTRALIAN OPEN at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre
The Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre is the main venue in Sydney for national, regional, and international sports events. It is also a place where a wide variety of entertainment, corporate, community and leisure activities are held. The centre has two interconnected spaces – the main Arena and the Hall of Legends. The Arena can seat up to 4,500 spectators, and can be scaled down to accommodate a smaller crowd. It is home to the NSW Swifts in the ANZ Netball Championships.
OUE SINGAPORE OPEN at Singapore Indoor Stadium
This iconic building has hosted a wide range of sports and entertainment events, including famous musicians, family entertainment, awards shows, sports matches and others. Its advanced facilities allow for configuration to accommodate from 4,000 to 12,000 audiences. The waterfront area behind the stadium is usually buzzing with crowds shopping and dining at surrounding restaurants or walking around the temporary street markets.
YONEX ALL ENGLAND OPEN at The Barclaycard Arena
Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena has become synonymous with versatility, hosting all sorts of events, from record-breaking sports, Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters to the latest pop sensations and some of the world’s biggest comedians. Formerly known as NIA, it is an ideal venue to gather close to 16,000 people or accommodate for a much smaller crowd of a few hundred.