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Arena complex to be built in Nagoya

Aichi Prefecture has announced the masterplan for a new municipal indoor arena complex to be built in Meijo Park in Nagoya, Japan.

The new complex will have an area size of 43,000m2 which is 2.5 times larger than the current municipal arena, the Dolphins Arena.

The Main Arena, to be used for professional basketball B-League matches amongst other events, will boast an area size of 4,500m2 and a maximum of 15,000 fixed seats, while a smaller arena (1,500m2) and multi-purpose hall (1,500m2) will also be built within the same building.

The prefecture has estimated the construction cost to be in the region of JPY30 billion (£219 million), which they aim to procure through private financing initiatives, according to the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper.

Ground breaking is planned for FY2022 with a provisional completion date set in 2025 so that the facilities will be ready in time for the start of the 2026 Asian Games to be held in Nagoya.

With 15,000 fixed seats, the main arena will be one of the largest indoor arenas in Japan, second only to the Saitama Super Arena with 27,000 fixed seats. The Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa has 11,000 fixed seats.

Sumo wrestling’s Nagoya tournament will also benefit with the new arena expected to have 11,000 seats for the Grand Sumo tournament, a significant increase from the current 8,300 seats at the Dolphins Arena.

Hideaki Ohmura, the Governor of Aichi Prefecture, said at the official press conference:

With 15,000 fixed seats, the new municipal arena will allow us to host major events and international sporting tournaments constantly, and I truly believe it will be a fantastic arena to represent the whole country.

The fate of the aging Dolphins Arena, which was built on the former Ninomaru Goten site near the Nagoya Castle in 1964, has been a hot topic of discussions over the last two years or so, and the prefecture has decided that the new arena complex will replace it.

The Dolphins Arena’s rich history, including its legacy of being the host venue for the 1971 World Table Tennis Championships, during which the famous “ping-pong diplomacy” helped normalise the diplomatic relations of China and Japan, however, will be passed on to the new arena complex so that the current municipal arena will be remembered.

Images: Aichi Prefecture

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