The Ariake Arena has been inaugurated for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan.
The venue will host Volleyball at the Olympic Games and Wheelchair Basketball during the Paralympic Games.
The Ariake Arena was constructed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and was completed in December 2019.
The venue has an iconic design, with a concave roof reducing the indoor space in order to minimise needs for air conditioning and lightning. The venue also has solar panels, and geothermal heat equipment to help reduce the facility’s carbon footprint.
The Ariake Arena comprises a main arena and a sub arena and will have a seating capacity of 15,000 at Games-time.
After the Games, the venue will become a new hub of entertainment, sports and culture for the city of Tokyo. It will reopen in August 2021 and will then be operated by the Tokyo Ariake Arena Inc., a new special purpose company which has concluded Japan’s first ever concession agreement with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
The last permanent venue under construction, the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, will be delivered this month.
The Tokyo 2020 Games will use a total of 43 venues – eight new permanent venues, 25 existing sites and 10 temporary venues.
The venue plan highlights Tokyo 2020’s commitment to delivering a sustainable Games while creating new spaces for future generations to come together to enjoy sport and take part in community events.