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Designs for Tochigi City’s new football stadium unveiled

Japanese Kanto Football League Division 1 side Tochigi City FC has revealed designs for its new football stadium planned to be built within the city’s Iwafune Athletic Park.

The club, which plays in Japan’s fifth division, said that the distance between the natural grass pitch and the stand will be 5 meters, potentially making it the venue with the closest view of the action in Japan.

According to the Shimotsuke Shimbun newspaper, the new stadium will be built near the existing ballpark on the western side of the Iwafune Athletic Park.

The new stadium’s main stand will have upholstered seats and a building which will house club offices and training facilities, as well as VIP rooms overlooking the pitch for a better matchday experience.

There will also be standing areas to the side of the stands and behind the goals.

The initial capacity of 5,129 will ensure that the stadium requirement will be met should the club apply for promotion to the 3rd division J3 League in future.

A natural grass training pitch will also be developed close to the venue.

On non-matchdays, the stadium will open its doors to the general public and even public access to the pitch may be possible depending on the pitch condition.

The club will cover the construction cost which will be in the region of JPY1 billion (£7m/€8.15m) to 1.5 billion (£10.4m/€12.2m), and they hope to have the stadium ready to open before the end of the 2020 season.

The City of Tochigi, meanwhile, is considering lending the city-owned land to the club free of charge for the foreseeable future.

Image: Tochigi City Football Club

Article provided by  The Stadium Hub