Gamba Osaka Stadium
|Cost||¥ 14 billion|
Description: Gamba Osaka Stadium
The stadium is planned as partly-independently financed project (mostly from donations), to be handed over to municipal authorities after completion. One of the largest football-specific venues in Japan, it is to become home to Gamba Osaka.
Initial vision showed stands being divided into two regular-seating tiers, divided by two levels of corporate suites. However, due to fan expectations and regulations for Japan national team games (demanding one end stand to have 10,000 people), one goal stand lost the skyboxes (reaching 40 rows instead of 28) and together with corner sections met the requirement.
With a simple, but interesting form of rectangle wrapped in a metal frame in the corners, the venue is also expected to be energy-efficient and ecological, using known solutions like rainwater usage or photovoltaic panels on the roof. But less common to people from outside Japan are the means used for the event of a natural disaster. The stadium is expected to become a major shelter for people and warehouse for food and water.
Stadium of the Year 2015: Meet the nominee – Suita City Stadium
It’s just been opened formally two days ago and in great style too, to a sold out crowd of Gamba faithful. Their faith was proven much earlier too, when they helped to finance the stadium!
New from Japan: Great dreams from Osaka
Two derby rivals, two big stadiums for 40,000. That’s some tasty rivalry! One is already built (though not opened), the other is on the drawing board.
New designs: Is the future of Tokyo hidden in one of them?
While we await for new design competition, let’s remind some of the best works submitted in the original one. It’s highly possible some of these architects will launch a second attempt.
New construction: “Field of Smile” reaches final stage
Recently this stadium appeared in Japanese media mostly as opposition to the shockingly expensive Olympic Stadium. And rightly so, because it represent quite the value for money one would expect.