From 1964 to 2020, Japan unveils new National Stadium
Tokyo 2020 Olympic is just around the corner and after 3 years of reconstruction, new National Stadium was finally presented to the public last December, which will be the centerpiece for the upcoming Olympic Games.
The new stadium was reconstructed on the same site as the old National Stadium that was used during Tokyo1964 Olympic Games. Based on the concept, “a stadium in forest”, a renown Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma designed this new stadium using elements of nature such as wood gathered across Japan to create its distinctive exterior. Access to the stadium during the Olympic Games are expected to change and visitors are recommended to check herehttps://tokyo2020.org/en/games/venue/olympic-stadium/
stadium has 5 stories above ground and 2 below
The stadium has 4 gates, Aoyama Gate, Central Gate, Sendagaya Gate and Gaien Gate.
At Aoyama Gate there are two mosaic tile murals. On the right, Greek goddess of Nike who personified victory and, on the left, god of Sumo, Nomino-sukune. These items are from the old national stadium, which was demolished in 2015.
Aoyama Gate Greek Goddess Nike
Aoyama Gate God of Sumo, Nomino-Sukune
To enter the stadium, visitors must scan their ticket with QR code printed.
Once you enter, you’ll be able to see the pitch instantly.
Coinciding with the stadium concept, “a stadium in forest”, these 60,000seats are colored in 5 different earth colors creating a mosaic pattern which represents “sunbeams filtering through a forest”.
Each seat comes with a drink holder and a backrest for comfortableness.
One on the south end and the other on the north end, this stadium has 2 large screens.
Equipped with the state-of-the-art technologies, the stadium has over 600 digital signages to help create unforgettable experience and excitement to the visitors. In harmony with the nature, air can easily circulate with its half-covered roof and there is an open air walkway on the 5th floor with benches and greenery. On a clear sunny day, there might be a chance to see Mt. Fuji. This perfect mix of the state-of-the-art technologies with nature creates the new stadium one of a kind.