National Stadium to host only ball games after Olympics


The decision, made at a meeting of related ministers, calls for using the stadium for soccer, rugby and other ball games from 2022 at the earliest.

The National Stadium, under construction in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward, is planned to have a seating capacity of about 68,000 for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

After the events, the running track will be removed to allow the construction of additional seats so that the facility will have a capacity of about 80,000 people, large enough for hosting FIFA World Cup soccer finals in the future.

Under the government plan, the National Stadium will host games that attract a large audience, such as soccer and rugby internationals and final matches of national competitions. It will also be used actively for concerts and citizens’ sports events.

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