Tokyo 2020 comes to J.LEAGUE home stadiums

Tokyo 2020 comes to J.LEAGUE home stadiums

As Japan gets ready to welcome the world for Tokyo 2020, so do a slew of MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE stadiums. Five J.LEAGUE stadiums will play host, while the National Stadium, which is home of the Emperor’s Cup and J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP finals, will serve as the main stadium for the Games.

Nissan Stadium, which will be called International Stadium Yokohama, is the primary football stadium. The home of Yokohama F·Marinos, Nissan Stadium seats 72,000 and hosted Brazil’s victory over Germany in the 2002 FIFA World Cup Final. It also hosted the final of the Rugby World Cup just two years ago.

The venue will host six group stage matches in the men’s football tournament, as well as a quarterfinal and the gold medal match. It will also be the site of a group stage game, a quarterfinal and a semifinal in the women’s competition.

Kashima Soccer Stadium will also play a prominent role. The 40,728-seat home of Kashima Antlers was the site of three matches at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and will now host six group stage games, two quarterfinals and two semifinals between the men’s and women’s football tournaments, in addition to the bronze medal match for the women.

Saitama Stadium 2002, the 63,700-seat home of Urawa Reds, also played a major role in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. It was the site of four matches, including co-host Japan’s first match of the tournament and the semifinal that saw Brazil beat Turkey, 1-0. For Tokyo 2020, it will host four group stage matches, a quarterfinal, semifinal and bronze medal match in the men’s football competition, and three group stage contests and a quarterfinal for the women.

The Sapporo Dome, which is home to Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, previously hosted three 2002 FIFA World Cup matches and two 2019 Rugby World Cup contests. Now, it will welcome this summer’s festivities, with a record 10 group stage matches between the two football competitions.

Ajinomoto Stadium, which will be called Tokyo Stadium, will also be involved with two group stage matches from each competition. The venue is the home of F.C.Tokyo and Tokyo Verdy 1969 Football Club.

Finally, the National Stadium will host the opening ceremonies, closing ceremonies, athletics events and women’s football final. The 68,000-seat stadium in Tokyo opened in 2019 and served as the home for the Emperor’s Cup and J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP finals in 2020.