Tokyo's skyline stretches as far as the eye can view, yet from above, the $1.5 billion stadium designed for the 2020 Olympics stands out among the city's urban sprawl. It has a capacity of approximately 70,000 people, but most seats will be vacant for the opening ceremony on Friday night. Only roughly 950 VIPs are expected to attend, according to organizers. The stadium is also known as the "Tower of Dreams" because of its distinctive design featuring a rotating upper deck and a tower that rises over five stories high.
The stadium was built by Saitama City at a cost of $370 million. Its construction was financed through tax revenues from the new development surrounding it. The main contractor was Japanese firm J-Village, with American engineering company HOK working as technical consultants.
It took four years to complete, much of that time being spent waiting for funding to come through from the government. The last game will be played in September 2019 - just in time for the start of school exams in Japan.
The new stadium is part of a major overhaul of sporting facilities in Tokyo. New venues have been built or upgraded for athletics, tennis, baseball, and rugby union. But most of them have never been used before for an Olympic event.
In August 2016, Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Games after Paris withdrew due to security concerns. The decision was made by an international panel which selected the city because of its proven ability to plan and manage large-scale events.
The Opening Ceremony will take place in Tokyo's Olympic Stadium. The arena is completely new, with development beginning in 2016 and expected to be completed in 2019. Despite its youth, the structure has already been known by several titles since its conception, including Japan National Stadium and New National Stadium. It is also known as Tōdaiji.
The stadium is located in Bunkyo, Tokyo, near Tokyo Big Sight. It is accessible from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station on the Oedo Line and Omotesando Station on the Tozai Line of the Tokyo Metropolitan Bus. A free shuttle bus service links both stations to the stadium.
In addition to the main stadium, there are three other major sports facilities in Tokyo dedicated to athletics, swimming, and tennis. Two of them are indoor stadiums: the National Tennis Center (ITTF World Tour Grade 1) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium (ITTF World Tour Grade 2). The third one is an outdoor stadium: the Chiba City Football Stadium (football).
The stadium project was announced by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a press conference on March 4, 2013. He said that the new stadium would "become a symbol of unity in our country after the tragedy of 2011". The cost of the project is estimated at $1.5 billion. Funding comes from private sources including corporations and individuals. There is no public money involved.
42 locations Olympic Stadium and Kokugikan Arena are among the sites for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be held in 42 venues, 27 of which are located in or around the Japanese capital. The 27 venues are divided into two zones: the Heritage Zone and the Tokyo Bay Zone, with the remaining 15 being peripheral sites. They include seven sports facilities, eight test events and zero days.
The Olympic Stadium is a venue for athletics and football. It is also used for opening and closing ceremonies. The stadium has been called "the world's largest theatre" and can hold up to 100,000 people. It was built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The National Football Museum is located in the stadium's north stand. Opened in 2001, it covers 3,500 square meters (38,621 sq ft) and includes four floors of exhibition space.
The new Tokyo Olympic Stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies and some athletics events during the Tokyo Olympics. It is expected to become the most popular site in Japan after Disneyland Resort. The new stadium will be able to hold up to 200,000 people and is scheduled to open in March 2021. It will be built on the same site as the old one and will be called Tokyo Olympic Stadium - Hikarikogeisha.
The Olympic Village is a collection of housing blocks for athletes who do not have enough money to pay for their own accommodation. It is situated near the city center and has been praised for its convenience.