National Stadium to host only ball games after Olympics
Jiji -- Nov 14
The Japanese government decided Tuesday to use the new National Stadium, the main venue of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralymics, only for ball games in principle after the quadrennial sporting events, in order to improve profitability.

The decision, made at a meeting of related ministers, calls for using the stadium for soccer, rugby and other ball games from 2022 at the earliest.

The National Stadium, under construction in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward, is planned to have a seating capacity of about 68,000 for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

After the events, the running track will be removed to allow the construction of additional seats so that the facility will have a capacity of about 80,000 people, large enough for hosting FIFA World Cup soccer finals in the future.

Under the government plan, the National Stadium will host games that attract a large audience, such as soccer and rugby internationals and final matches of national competitions. It will also be used actively for concerts and citizens' sports events.

新国立競技場が大会後に球技専用となる方針が決まりました。 2020年東京オリンピック・パラリンピックのメインスタジアムになる新国立競技場では、大会中、開会式のほか陸上競技などが行われる予定です。
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