Water Cube pool now open to public

June 20, 2009 | Posted by Chris

Today Beijing's iconic Water Cube Olympic swimming pool, the site of Michael Phelp's world record 8 gold medals, opened for public swimming, as reported by the Malaysian National News Agency Bernama. Entrance to the pool costs 50 kuai and each swimmer is allowed to swim for two hours. The only catch is that to enter one needs two certificates that can be obtained on-site: a health certificate and a certificate of swimming ability, which asks one to swim 200 meters and tread water for 30 seconds. The certificates cost 20 kuai and after completion one may immediately swim in the Water Cube. This public opening comes as the Water Cube's management has been trying to have the arena make money, and there are currently plans to remove spectator seats for more facility space and add a new water theme park to the complex.

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