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The Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, also known as the National Sports Complex, was designed by Cambodia's most noted architect, Vann Molyvann, who was part of the New Khmer Architecture movement of the 1950's and 60's. Many of his buildings have been demolished to make way for new developments and others are at threat. The stadium was completed in 1964 and has a capacity of 50,000. Aside from the stadium itself, other facilities include an Olympic size swimming pool and an indoor arena hosting events such as volleyball and Khmer boxing. Every morning and evening, people converge on the complex to take part in aerobics classes, play football, power walk and a whole array of different exercises. During the Khmer Rouge the stadium was used as a site for executions. Today however, it is a popular and free environment for people to exercise in what is one of the city's few large open spaces.