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The Tokyo Olympic Stadium


The Tokyo Olympic Stadium is also known as the New National Stadium. Japan often uses it for association football games. The stadium will host athletics events, closing and opening ceremonies of the 2020 Summer Paralympics and Olympics. Its construction started on December 11, 2016, after Japan demolished the Old National Stadium. Read on to learn more about the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.

History

Tokyo submitted its bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) several years ago. Then, there was a high probability of Japan reconstructing or renovating the National Olympic Stadium. It was supposed to hold track and field events, the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Japan announced in February 2020 that it would demolish and reconstruct the stadium. It would get a £1 billion upgrade. Architect Zaha Hadid created a new design for the stadium that helped the Asian nation make renderings in November 2012. It demolished the old National Stadium in 2015 and the construction of the new stadium was supposed to be completed by April 2019. It would host football, athletics and rugby games in the upcoming Summer Olympics. Sports enthusiasts can wager on them at a New Zealand online casino for fun.

The Japanese government faced budget constraints and had to change Zaha's initial design in 2015. It eliminated plans to construct a retractable roof and change particular permanent seats to temporary seats. Also, it reduced the site area from 71 to 52 acres. Fumihiko Maki and Toyo Ito criticized Zaha's design. Maki called it a white elephant while Toyo compared it to a turtle. Some citizens said that the new stadium would encroach some parts of the Meiji Shrine.

Arata Isozaki stated that the new design wasn't as dynamic as the old stadium. For instance, the new stadium's roof has been a challenge to engineers since it requires two steel arches that are 370 meters long. The stadium would cost more than 300 billion yen despite changing Zaha's initial design.

Construction

The Japanese government agreed with Takenaka Corporation and Taisei Corporation in June 2015 to build the Tokyo Olympic Stadium for close to 250 billion yen. The new design has steel arches, 15,000 temporary seats a 65,000 permanent capacity and an 80,000 capacity for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and football.

Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan announced that the government would scrap and rebuild the stadium. The government set new construction standards for the stadium. They included a fixed and expandable capacity of 68,000. The constructors would place temporary seats over athletics tracks. The government constructed a permanent roof rather than a retractable one. Also, it eliminated a sky walkway and a sports museum that were in the old Tokyo Stadium design.

The stadium is accessible by bus and train. Spectators can border the Toei bus (77) and Toei Bus (81). Or, you can travel by the Subway Oedo Line, JR Sobu line or the Subway Ginza railway line.

Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, scrapped the initial plans of the Tokyo Olympic Stadium in July 2015. The public criticized the government since the original plans had inflated building costs. So, Shinzo announced a rebid for the stadium. Kengo Kuma designed the Tokyo Olympic Stadium. Its construction ended on November 30, 2019.



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