Ekimae Real Estate Stadium (Tosu Stadium)
|Other names||Best Amenity Stadium (2008-2019)|
|Construction||12/1994 - 06/1996|
|Record attendance||22,504 (Japan - Malaysia U22, 2011)|
Description: Ekimae Real Estate Stadium
Built in 1996, this ground has a very distinctive shape, especially compared to most Japanese stadia. Corners were not filled as there was no room, while the second tier of seating has different size at each end. In the exterior it has a very characteristic rhythm of steel supports that bear the weight of stands and roof – though the latter one was mounted only alongside the pitch. Interestingly, this ground has standing room behind both goals, on the lower tier.
In 2006 it was renovated for the first time with the most significant outcome being a new giant screen. A year later came Tosu Stadium’s first naming rights deal with Best Amenity, lasting until the end of 2010. It was later prolonged for another 3-year period.
Apart from football it’s also used for rugby. It was never filled to the last seat, which would give attendance of over 24,000 people. In 2011 it was sold out for the first time when Japan faced Malaysia in Olympic qualifying game. This time, though, only 22,500 seats were available.