Expo ’70 Stadium (Banpaku)
|Renovations||1993, 1997, 2006|
|Address||5−2 Senribanpakukoen, Suita, Osaka Prefecture 565-0826, Japan|
Banpaku Stadium – stadium description
After hosting Expo 1970, Osaka’s exposition grounds were partly redeveloped as a sporting complex, with the Banpaku Stadium opening its doors in 1972. Its east stand was integrated with a water pumping station and purification plant.
The stadium was built with four independent stands around the 8-lane running track. Larger side stands are seated with a small portion covered in the western sections. End zones are mostly terraces devoted for more vocal supporters of Gamba (north end, also called ‘Curva Nord’) and away fans (south).
When the J.League club moved in for the 1993 season, floodlights were installed. In 1997 the giant scoreboard followed, while further renovations were made in 2006. Due to limited potential the club now hope to build a new stadium of their own.