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The Asian Cup China 2023 tournament logo was launched in conjunction with the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Pudong Football Stadium (China) on October 22nd, the competition’s first completed stadium.

The ‘Inside World Football’ stated that the new logo was launched by the Vice-Minister of the General Administration of Sports of China and Executive Chairman of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Local Organising Committee (LOC), Du Zhaocai, alongside leaders from the 10 Host Cities, who also revealed their own Host City logos in the first onground milestone event of the tournament.

The Pudong Football Stadium, currently named SAIC Motor Pudong Arena due to sponsorship reasons, is a football stadium in Shanghai, China. Completed in October 2020, it is the home of the Chinese Super League club Shanghai Port. The stadium has a capacity for 37,000 spectators.

The 2023 AFC Asian Cup will be the 18th edition of the AFC Asian Cup, the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Asia organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It will be hosted by China from June 16th to July 16th, 2023.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is one of the six confederations within FIFA and is the governing body of association football in Asia and Australia. It has 47 member-countries, most of which are located in Asia. Australia, formerly in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006.

The ‘Inside World Football’ quoted AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa as stating, “Over the years, each host nation has left a significant mark on Asian football, and we know that China PR will stage our greatest ever tournament in 2023. The AFC is pleased to mark our latest milestones and, on behalf of the Asian football family, I would like to congratulate the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the Venue Organising Committees (VOCs) of the 10 Host Cities for their commitment and efforts.”

Added Al Khalifa, “The LOC continues to make great progress with the preparations to stage a memorable event, and I wish the Chinese Football Association, the LOC, the VOCs, and all our stakeholders the very best of success in staging a truly world-class event.”

The logo functions to embody ‘Light’ as a symbol and beacon of hope to overcome adversity during these challenging times and emphasize the unifying force of Asia’s flagship men’s tournament in rallying together passionate fans and teams from the world’s most diverse continent.

The 10 dynamic beams in the logo, which emanate from the bottom to form the image of the sun rising from the East, symbolize the 10 Host Cities of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

The use of the most typical colors in Chinese traditional culture showcases the beauty of Oriental art.

The 10 Host Cities include China’s capital Beijing as well as Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Dalian, Qingdao, Xiamen, and Suzhou.

Du Zhaocai said, “The inauguration of the competition official logo and Shanghai Pudong Football Stadium of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 marks a new stage in the preparations for the tournament. Since the establishment of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Local Organising Committee in 2020, all the preparatory work has been carried out smoothly and in a streamlined manner. The Local Organising Committee is confident that the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 will be an excellent, prominent and outstanding football event.”

The 37,000 Shanghai Pudong Football Stadium has a unique and groundbreaking seating bowl design that maximizes the viewing experience.

The AFC informed that significant progress continues to be made across all other nine stadiums to be used in 2023 – the 65,094-capacity Beijing Workers’ Stadium, the 54,696-capacity Tianjin Binhai Football Stadium in Tianjin, the 60,000-capacity Longxing Football Stadium in Chongqing, the 12,700-capacity Dujiangyan Phoenix Hill Stadium in Sichuan, the 60,000-capacity Xi’an International Football Center in Fengdong New District, the 60,000-capacity Dalian Suoyuwan Football Stadium, the 50,000-capacity Qingdao Youth Football Stadium, the 60,000-capacity Xiamen Egret Stadium, and the 30,000-capacity Suzhou Kunshan Football Stadium.

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