National Olympic Stadium (Tokyo)

National Olympic Stadium (Tokyo)
National Olympic Stadium
Kokuritsu Kyōgijō
Yamazaki-nabisco-Cup final 2004.jpg
Location 10-2, Kasumigaoka-machi, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Opened 1958
Owner National Agency for the Advancement of Sports and Health (NAASH)
Surface Grass
Architect Mitsuo Katayama
Capacity 48,000 (seated)
57,363
Field dimensions 105 × 68 m

National Olympic Stadium (国立霞ヶ丘陸上競技場 Kokuritsu Kasumigaoka Rikujō Kyogijō?) or National Stadium is a stadium in Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan that served as the main stadium for the 1964 Summer Olympics. It currently serves as the stadium where the Japan national football teams home matches and major football club cup finals are held.

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History

The stadium was completed in 1958 as the Japanese National Stadium on the site of the former Meiji Shrine Outer Park Stadium. Its first major event was the 1958 Asian Games.

Despite the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the venue appears to be unscathed. Yasuhiro Nakamori, international relations director for the Japanese Olympic Committee, told Around the Rings he attributes the lack of damage to Japan's stringent building codes.[1]

After Tokyo submitted their bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics, there has been talk of possibly renovating the National Olympic Stadium. The stadium could host the opening and closing ceremonies as well as track and field events. [2]

Events

In addition to the 1964 Summer Olympics, the stadium has held many other significant events, most notably the 1991 World Athletics Championships, the Mirage Bowl (college football) games from 1976–1993, and the Intercontinental Cup (Toyota Cup) from 1980–2001. As the National Stadium of Japan, it is the venue for the final game of the Emperor's Cup on New Year's Day, and the J. League Cup in November, as well as the Fuji Xerox Cup in the end of February or early March, every year. The stadium's capacity is currently 57,363. Rugby games are also played at this venue, including the annual university rugby semi-finals and finals, as the nearby Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium's capacity is insufficient for the number of student fans the event attracts.

As of 2009, only three music bands have performed at the National Stadium: Dreams Come True, SMAP, and Arashi.[3]

Access

Access to the stadium is from Sendagaya or Shinanomachi stations along the JR Chūō-Sōbu Line; from Kokuritsu Kyogijo Station on the Toei Oedo Line; and from Gaienmae Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.

See also Yoyogi National Gymnasium

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Preceded by
Two-legged
finals
Intercontinental Cup
Final Venue

1980–2001
Succeeded by
International Stadium Yokohama
Yokohama
Preceded by
Vacant
( Two-legged finals )
AFC Champions League
Final Venue

2009-2010
Succeeded by
Jeonju World Cup Stadium

Coordinates: 35°40′41″N 139°42′53″E / 35.67806°N 139.71472°E / 35.67806; 139.71472


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