Tokyo National Stadium, which will host next year’s Olympic Games, is officially finished. It’s now handed over to its owners – the Japan Sport Council.
The 60,000-capacity venue was actually done earlier this month. However, since Saturday, November 30 marked the official completion date, along with a landmark of eight months remaining until the start of the Olympic Games, that is when it was officially presented.
Tokyo National Stadium will be unveiled on December 21
The Emperor’s Cup Football final will be the first event that will take place in the new stadium. That will be on January 1 and it may potentially be the place of soccer legend David Villa’s final game.
“We are very pleased that construction of the stadium. A key symbol of the Tokyo 2020 Games has now been completed; it makes us realize just how close we are getting to the start of the Games,” said Toshiro Muto, Tokyo 2020 CEO.
“We are so looking forward to seeing athletes from all over the world marching into the new stadium at the Opening Ceremony when the eyes of the world will be on this iconic symbol of the Tokyo 2020 Games.”
The stadium construction began in 2014, around 14 months later than planned, thus the stadium could not host matches of the Rugby World Cup, as intended originally. The final cost of the construction is $1.25billion.