This summer, Taipei will host the world-class Universiade, a multi-sport competition among university athletes from around the globe. The 2017 Summer Universiade will take place in brand-new and upgraded venues throughout Taipei from August 19 to August 30.
Universiade, which derives its name from “university" and "olympiad,” was first held in Turin, Italy, in 1959. Every two years, the event brings together more than 9,000 student athletes and officials from over 170 countries. Representing the United States this year will be the Purdue University men's basketball team and the University of Maryland women’s basketball team.
Taipei was selected by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) to host the 2017 Summer Universiad thanks to its robust infrastructure and strong track record in organizing international competitions. The city previously produced large-scale events such as the 21st Summer Deaflympics in 2009, Taipei International Flora Exposition in 2010 and Taipei World Design Expo 2011.
In anticipation of the summer event, Taipei constructed two new stadiums — Taipei Tennis Center and Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium — and renovated existing venues at 14 national or private universities. A new metro line, the Taoyuan International Airport Metro, will be a key transport link during the event. Metro Taoyuan has 21 stations in total, including Taipei Main Station, which will provide access to venues for 15 different sports. As an added bonus, visitors can connect on the go with free Wi-Fi on the new metro line.
The new public transport system will also provide fans and athletes easy access to Taipei’s most treasured attractions. With the EasyCard smartcard pass, travelers can hop on the metro to reach cultural highlights such as Dadaocheng, the Huashan 1914 Creative Park and the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. Visitors can also use their EasyCard to rent YouBike public bicycles and even make seamless in-store purchases.
The 2017 Summer Universiade promises to be the largest international sports event that Taipei has ever hosted. To learn more, visit the official website (http://2017.taipei/bin/home.php?Lang=en)