Tokyo Olympics 2020 Football venues have been confirmed with the International Olympic Committee’s nod. With 813 to go for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Games organising committee and the International Committee are on the same page about the number of football venues, their locations, facilities and plans.
Football matches of the 32nd edition of the Olympics will be contested in the Sapporo Dome, Miyagi Stadium, Ibaraki Kashima Stadium, Saitama Stadium, Tokyo Stadium, International Stadium Yokohama and the main Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
The agreement between the IOC and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games on these locations signals the confirmation of venues for all sports at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The Tokyo 2020 Games, scheduled from July 24 to August 9 , will use a total of 43 venues, including 25 existing, ten temporary and eight new permanent venues.
As the preparations for the next Olympics are in full swing, Insidesport.co takes a look at the seven stadiums confirmed to host the football competition during the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
New National Stadium (Tokyo)
The multi-purpose stadium located in Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku, Tokyo will serve as the main stadium for opening and closing ceremonies as well as the venue for Track and Field events at 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Owned by Japan Sports Council, it has a field size of 105 x 68m and a capacity of 68,000 in Athletics mode.
However, for a football match the New National Stadium, being constructed at a cost of US$1.26 billion, can house 80,016 spectators.
Ajinomoto Stadium (Tokyo)
Located in Chōfu, Tokyo, Ajinomoto Stadium is the first stadium in Japan to offer its naming rights. Ajinomoto Co. Inc. bought the rights for 1.2 billion yen ($10 million) in a 5-year deal from March 2003 to February 2008. It was renewed in Nov 2007 with 6 years extention followed by the second renewal of the contract with extention till February 2019. It has a total capacity of 49,970 and 110.5 x 75.4 m field size. Ajinomoto Stadium offers guided stadium tours that last just under an hour.
Saitama Stadium (Saitama)
Located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, the stadium (also known as Saisuta) is currently used by Japanese J1 League football club Urawa Red Diamonds for home games. It is one of the largest football-specific stadiums in Asia with 63,000 capacity and field size of 105 x 68 m. The stadium has reserved 150 seats for physically challenged.
Nissan Stadium (International Stadium, Yokohama)
It is the highest seating capacity (72,327) stadium in Japan and home stadium of Yokohama F. Marinos of the J1 League. It is located in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, and has a field size of 107 x 72 m. Nissan Motors currently hold the naming rights to the stadium formerly known as International Stadium Yokohama. It hosted three first-round games during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and the final game between Germany and the winner Brazil.
Kashima Soccer Stadium (Ibaraki)
It is a football stadium in the city of Kashima, Ibaraki Prefecture, and home to J1 League team Kashima Antlers. The stadium with a capacity of 40,728 and field size of 115 x 78 m hosted three group matches of 2002 FIFA World Cup. The stadium can be best reached by train. Though, the train station Kashima Soccer Stadium is located right next to the stadium, though the station is only in use around football games.
Hitomebore Stadium (Miyagi)
Formerly Miyagi Stadium, it is an athletic and football stadium in the town of Rifu in Miyagi Prefecture with a capacity of 49,133. The football field is surrounded by a nine-lane track with a large video screen and scoreboard is installed in the northern end. The stadium hosted three matches in the 2002 World Cup, and also hosted the 56th National Sports Festival of Japan in 2001.
It also hosted six matches at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and it would become the first stadium (and to date the only stadium) to have hosted matches at both a men’s FIFA World Cup and a women’s FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The Sapporo Dome, located in Toyohira-ku, Sapporo, Japan, is primarily used for baseball and football. It is the home field of the baseball team Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and the association football club Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo. It was the venue for the opening ceremony of the 2017 Asian Winter Games, and is a planned venue of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. It also played host to three group matches of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
The stadium has 41,484 seating capacity for football, 40,476 for baseball and can be expanded to a maximum 53,796 with temporary seats.
With just over two years to go, Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has also reported that its venues are progressing according to schedule and that all are expected to be completed well ahead of the Games.
Tokyo 2020 OC also presented its Accommodation Allocation Plan, and updated the Executive Board on the progress made with its engagement activities, such as the unveiling of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots and the announcement of its concept for the Olympic Torch Relay, which features “Hope Lights Our Way” as its slogan. This ambitious concept will bring the Japanese people together around messages of support, acceptance and encouragement of one another.
The OC has claimed that the number of venues utilising existing facilities has risen from around 40 per cent to almost 60 per cent, with an accompanying cost reduction of more than 200 billion yen ($1.8 billion), partly down to the cancelled construction of three new permanent venues and changes made to other sites.
Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori said, “I am very happy that, with us having submitted our proposals for all football venues as a single request, we received approval for all of them today, which means the venues for all of the sports in the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 have now been decided.
“As a result of various reviews, the percentage of venues utilising existing facilities has increased from around 40 per cent at the time of our bid to almost 60 per cent now. We will cooperate with neighbouring and regional municipalities in the use of their facilities and will host the Games together. We believe that these Games will prove to be a model for a sustainable Games while delivering the excitement of the Games to more people.”