The organising committee for Tokyo 2020 has announced its final stadium plan for soccer matches.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board has approved seven venues for soccer, which will include the Tokyo Stadium, Sapporo Dome, Miyagi Stadium, Ibaraki Kashima Stadium, Saitama Stadium and the International Stadium Yokohoma, as well as Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium.
Sapporo Dome, Miyagi Stadium, Saitama Stadium and International Stadium Yokohama also staged matches during the 2002 Fifa World Cup, which Japan co-hosted with South Korea.
The agreement on these locations signals the confirmation of venues for all sports at the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. The multi-sport showpiece will use a total of 43 venues, including 25 existing facilities, 10 temporary sites and eight new permanent venues.
Tokyo 2020 said the number of venues using existing facilities has risen from around 40 per cent to almost 60 per cent, resulting in a reduction of over 200 billion yen (US$1.8 billion) in costs. This is attributed partly to the cancelled construction of three new permanent venues and changes made to other sites.
The Olympic Stadium and other permanent venues will serve as community facilities following the Games.
The increased use of existing venues comes after the IOC announced its ‘New Norm’ policy in February, which sets out solutions to ensure a more efficient hosting model for the Games.
Yoshiro Mori, president of Tokyo 2020, said: “I am very happy that, with us having submitted our proposals for all football venues as a single request, we received approval for all of them today, which means the venues for all of the sports in the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 have now been decided.
“We will cooperate with neighbouring and regional municipalities in the use of their facilities and will host the Games together. We believe that these Games will prove to be a model for a sustainable Games while delivering the excitement of the Games to more people.”