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Azusa picked for Kanazawa stadium design

The City of Kanazawa in Japan has selected Azusa Sekkei’s design for the new municipal football stadium to be built inside the Johoku Municipal Athletic Park.

Azusa has recently designed the New National Stadium Tokyo, Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu and Kanazawa Pool, and its Chubu branch office will work on the project as the lead architect.

The City-appointed team of experts selected the architect’s design after they assessed four bidding concepts.

The new football stadium will be built in the area where football facilities such as the Cruyff Court Keisuke Honda and Junior Sports Court currently stand, according to the Hokkoku Shimbun newspaper.

These existing football facilities will be moved elsewhere within the park.

With a provisional capacity of 10,000, which can be increased to 15,000 should the local Division 2 team Zweigen Kanazawa be promoted to the J-League Division 1 (J1), the country’s top-flight football league, the stadium will also have a natural grass pitch, a roof covering all seats, and operational facilities and areas required to host J1 matches.

The south entrance of the stadium will have a Welcome Gate to provide an open space for fans and supporters. Also, the area underneath the concourse to the stands will be used as a multi-purpose space to host events.

The stadium will be open even on non-match days to encourage visitors to spend more time in the park.

The construction cost of the stadium will be approximately £53 million and the stadium is scheduled to open in 2024.

Image: City of Kanazawa/Azusa Sekkei

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