November 19, 2019 at 11:07 am
The new stadium has a capacity of 60,000 spectators.
The Japanese National Stadium, home of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, is completed, one month from the official debut, the complex's owner said on Tuesday.
According to the Japan Sports Council (JSC), the final details of the work were finalized on Thursday and only the final inspection before the December 21 opening is missing.
Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the new stadium has a capacity of 60,000 spectators and will host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as athletics and football competitions.
Construction began in December 2016, more than a year later, after the original project by the late architect Zaha Hadid was discarded, due to the high costs involved in the work.
The final cost was budgeted at 150 billion yen (about 1,250 million euros).
The first sporting event in the complex will be the Emperor Cup final in football on January 1st.
The Tokyo Olympics will run from July 24th to August 9th, while the Paralympics are scheduled from August 25th to September 6th.
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