National Olympic Stadium (Kokuritsu Kyōgijō) – until 2014
|Construction||01/1957 - 03/1958|
|Address||10-2, Kasumigaoka-machi, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan|
Description: National Olympic Stadium
The national stadium of Japan was built at the heart of Tokyo (less than 2km east of the skyscraper district) in 1958. Though its size was considerable, the construction process took just 14 months and soon after opening in March it held the 3rd Asian Games.
However the event it’s most well known for is Asia’s first ever Olympics, held in Tokyo in 1964. Before the tournament the stadium went through some upgrades and since then remains almost unchanged, holding most domestic athletic tournaments since 1958 and the 1991 World Championships.
It wasn’t part of Japan’s 2002 World Cup venue list, that’s why its fame outside Japan has somewhat faded. However, in domestic football the stadium plays a crucial role as the venue for each and every Emperor’s Cup final since 1976, seeing the very best Japanese clubs also for the less known Nabisco Cup almost always in front of packed stands and amazing choreographies by fans. Between 1981 and 2001 it was also the site of Intercontinental Cup games with world’s best clubs competing.
Although it had been very well preserved for decades, the stadium proved outdated and demolition proved to be the best way forward. First plans for such move came in 2008, but it wasn’t settled until 2013, when Tokyo was again selected as the host of Olympics, this time in 2020.
For that event a new 80,000-capacity stadium was be built, designed by Zaha Hadid. However, due to excessive cost, the design was changed and stadium scaled down to 68,000, this time designed by Kengo Kuma. The old Kokuritsu Kyōgijō was closed in 2014 and demolished in 2015.
Tokyo 2020: Olympic Stadium on time
Delivery of the new national stadium in Tokyo is going as planned initially, though a slight price increase was confirmed. By this time next year official opening will be behind us.
Tokyo: Great progress for 2020 Olympics
After years of delays the Japanese Olympic Stadium if growing as planned, expected for timely delivery. What was delivered over the past 12 months is truly impressive!
Tokyo: Olympic Stadium formally underway
Earlier today the official groundbreaking ceremony took place in the heart of Tokyo. Contractors have less than 36 months to deliver Japan’s most expensive stadium.
Tokyo: Olympic Stadium groundbreaking on Dec 11
All formalities should be done by Friday and on December 11 works can officially begin on Japan’s new National Stadium. It will be ready less than 8 months ahead of the 2020 Olympics.
Tokyo 2020: Design selected and nicknamed “the hamburger”
Not the most graceful nick, but is it any worse than bicycle helmet? The new stadium for Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be largely clad with wood and covered in greenery.
New designs: Two finalists for Tokyo 2020
There’s no more time to change design, so one of these will be built for the 2020 Olympics. Both have their advantages with almost identical price. Winning bid will be announced soon.
Tokyo 2020: New Olympic Stadium for only $1.3 billion?
The Japanese government has set a cap on the new national stadium at ¥155 billion. Roughly a fourth of this amount will be contributed by Tokyo city hall if agreement is reached.
Tokyo: Olympic Stadium works to start as late as 2017
Construction work on the stadium being built for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo has been pushed back to 2017, Japanese Government officials announced this week.
Tokyo: Hadid withdraws from Olympic Stadium race
Architect Zaha Hadid has abandoned her attempt to enter a new race to build a new stadium in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, her office said Friday.
Tokyo: Officials misled the public and IOC?
Just a month after the criticised project was scrapped it surfaced that officials were aware of skyrocketing price even before Tokyo’s selection as 2020 Olympics host.
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.
Tokyo: Japan scraps Olympic Stadium design!
Despite approving the horrendous budget of ¥252 billion, government in Tokyo decided to finally abandon the current stadium design for 2020 Olympics.
Tokyo: Skyrocketing price for Olympic Stadium confirmed
It raised some eyebrows when revealed unofficially. Now it’s confirmed: Olympic Stadium in Tokyo will cost ¥252 billion and become the world’s most expensive stadium. By far!
Tokyo: Final stadium design in July?
It’s the final phase of cost-cutting measures in Tokyo. In early July Zaha Hadid should sign the contract for complete documentation of the new 2020 Olympic Stadium. No change of architects is possible.
Tokyo: Olympic Stadium debate heated again
Price tag speculations, public argument about funding sources, now even unconfirmed revelations about supposed design change. All that in just days as Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium raises questions.
Tokyo: National Stadium gone in delayed demolition
The demolition of Tokyo's National Stadium has been completed after a series of delays, clearing the way for a new structure that will be the centerpiece of the 2020 Olympics.
New construction: Tokyo giant crumbles, successor to rise
Gradual demolition of Japan’s old national stadium has been ongoing for weeks, while first elements of the new one should arrive in autumn.
Tokyo: Still no demolition of National Stadium
After problematic tender procedures, now investigation is underway over possible bid-rigging. Demolition of the Tokyo National Stadium is half-year behind schedule already. A Japan Times report.
Tokyo: National stadium still awaiting demolition
Delays of the Tokyo National Olympic Stadium will already reach 5 months by the time heavy machinery arrives in mid-December. Procedural issues caused the setback.
Tokyo: New, (slightly) smaller National Olympic Stadium
After a wave of criticism the Japan Sport Council revealed updated renderings of what is now a 20% smaller 2020 Olympics main venue. And almost within the initial budget, but still world’s most expensive.