Tokyo: Japan bids farewell to National Stadium
source: The-Japan-News.com; author: michał
Amazing number of 7,000 people took their last trip to Kokuritsu Kyōgijō on Sunday. The giant built in 1958 will soon be leveled to make way for a newer, greater one. The-Japan-News.com report.
Japan is preparing to replace the dated National Olympic Stadium. Built ahead of the 1964 Olympics, the 57,000-capacity stadium will make way for a larger one before upcoming 2020 Olympics.
To allow people their last visit at the famous ground that held some of the most spectacular domestic football games, operator has been welcoming tours since January. Initial interest was low, at some 50 people. But as visiting deadline of May 22 nears, now thousands flock to the ground. As of Friday 10,000 people took the time to bid farewell to the giant, 7,000 on Sunday alone.
As Kokuritsu Kyōgijō closes later in May, preparations for demolition will begin. Works on leveling the ground should begin in July. The new National Olympic Stadium designed by Zaha Hadid will be among the world’s greatest and most modern, but at the same time possibly the most expensive. It should be built by 2019.