It was on Sunday, 15th December 2019, at a ceremonial event, the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe Unveiled Tokyo 2020 National Stadium. As this year, Japan will be the host country for Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020 games, the newly built national stadium will host both the Opening and closing ceremony. Built with a massive budget of around $1.44 billion, the new stadium can accommodate around 60,000 spectators and can be increased to a capacity of 80,000 in the future.
Shinzo Abe along with his few official members was present at the ceremony, where he officially announced the completion of the stadium. During his speech, he praised the renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma,“ The stadium blends with its surroundings and the natural environment. It showcased Japan’s ties to nature with its use of wood latticework around the stadium’s rim and roof, and the earth- tone colors in the seats that are randomly colored gray, brown with two shades of green and white.
He also said “This National Stadium will stand as the symbol of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games and I assume there must have been many difficulties in the process of construction. It is purely the result of everyone’s Japan contribution and hard work so that we finally celebrate today. We all have to create next year’s Tokyo Olympic 2020 Games an opportunity to share dreams and hopes, to create a proud legacy, show Japan’s power to the world, and open up the future of this country”.
Also, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, present at the event praised stadiums design and features noting “ This stadium uses a lot of trees in its structure, lush with greenery everywhere- from flower planters to trees and shrubs.”
The new structure of the stadium has been constructed on the same venue as the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The structure comprises five floors above the ground level and two floors at the basement. The entire stadium is covered with green plants to avoid the scorching heat during the Summer Olympics, incorporated with eight mist spraying facilities, with 16 air-conditioned lounge rooms and 185 fans.
Emperors Cup Football Final Match scheduled on 1st January 2020 will be the first game to be played at the venue of Kasumigaoka district of Central Tokyo.