Tokyo's national stadium, the main feature of the forthcoming Olympics Games in Japan, was completed on Saturday, November 30, 2019.
The impressive structure will replace the current National Stadium of Japan where the 1964 Olympic Games were hosted. The building consists of 7 stories, 5 of them located above the ground and 2 underground.
The construction of the facility started 14 months later than the initial plans suggested due to public opposition against the high costs. Because of the delay, the facility was not capable of hosting the Rugby World Cup as initially planned.
The stadium was completed in 3 years and about 8 months before the beginning of the Olympic Games, at a cost of $1.4 billion. Azusa Sekkei Corporation was in charge of the stadium's design while construction works were handled by Taisei Corporation, a Japanese firm specialized in building construction and real estate development. “We are so looking forward to seeing athletes from all over the world marching into the new stadium at the Opening Ceremony... when the eyes of the world will be on this iconic symbol of the Tokyo 2020 Games,” Toshiro Muto, Tokyo 2020 CEO, stated.
The stadium will host the athletics and football games and will accommodate 60,000 fans. The opening of the facility will take place on December 21, 2019, for the Emperor’s Cup soccer final.
The Japan Sport Council (JSC) emphasizes the high design standards that the stadium meets. Officials have created a high-quality facility that will benefit all people including those with disabilities. “We’re getting good reviews (from people with disabilities) for our careful manner of dealing with details,” a JSC representative stated. The first floor of the stadium is exactly on the ground level and access to people with mobility problems is enabled. 500 seats are provided to users with wheelchairs and are strategically placed in high-elevation positions so the standing crowd will not block their view.
Internet connection will be simultaneously provided for 30,000 people to cover the high demand that is anticipated.