On Nov. 28, 2006, Wang Guo'en, Chief Planner of the Guangzhou Urban Planning & Design Survey Research Institute, disclosed on the International Stadiums and Gymnasiums Construction and Operation Peak Forum that the Olympic Sports Center has been chosen as the chief venue for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou. The Tianhe Sports Center was not chosen due to traffic considerations as it is located at the center of Guangzhou.
Starting next year, Guangzhou will build 11 new stadiums and gymnasiums, and rebuild 32 existing stadiums and gymnasiums. The estimated total investment is 6 billion yuan; the government will invest 4 billion yuan for construction and maintenance, and the remaining 2 billion yuan for the Asian Games Village will be settled through financing.
The Guangzhou Olympic Sports Center and the Tianhe Sports Center work as municipal level compound sports centers. All the auxiliary facilities will be constructed in Guangzhou New City, University City, Baiyun New City, and Huadi New City, including the Asian Games Village which will be built in Guangzhou New City. The existing sports facilities in University City will also be used as game venues.