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added on : January 14, 2020
After three years of construction, the National Stadium has been completed, and is now gearing up to serve as the venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
With seats for up to 60,000 spectators, many thousands more than the arena it replaces, the National Stadium is an eye-catching showpiece at the heart of a cluster of major sports-related facilities—including stadiums for baseball, rugby, and gymnastics, as well as the Japan Olympic Museum.
The National Stadium project was undertaken by a joint venture that brought together leading companies in Japanese design, construction, and architecture. Among the most well-known groups involved was the team led by the architect Kengo Kuma. Together, they have created a genuine symbol of Japan, a country with a long tradition of coexistence with nature.
Striking features of the stadium include wooden eaves that were made using timber from each of Japan's 47 prefectures, with wood from the north of Japan at the northern end, and wood from the south at the southern end. Inside the arena, the tiers of seats are reminiscent of a dappled forest glade, with their subdued natural colors gradually lightening in hue the higher they rise in the stands.
Throughout the structure, care has been taken to protect spectators from the elements while enabling them to enjoy light, shade, and a sense of natural harmony. The stadium harnesses the power of nature to offer a refreshing flow of air through the stands.
The turf, too, has received special attention, with 25 km of underground pipes delivering water that is cool in the summer and warm in winter. A translucent section of the roof heightens the benefits of natural winter light to the grass.
The National Stadium can seat at least 60,000 spectators, but because the overall height of the structure is less than 50 meters, it is not an overbearing presence.
Special care was taken to make the new National Stadium easy for everyone to use, with universal design serving as one of the project's guiding principles. People with very diverse requirements were involved in the planning of escalators, elevators, signage, and seating. The stadium's accessible toilets alone deserve a gold medal!
Following a spectacular opening event on December 21 featuring top musicians, the stadium's curtain-raising sporting event was the final of the Emperor's Cup, Japan's most prestigious soccer tournament, on January 1, 2020—the first day of a historic first year for the National Stadium!
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