The City of Fujieda in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture is set to put forward plans to the city council to allocate funds to install thousands more seats and a large-scale video screen at the municipal Fujieda Sports Complex Park Football Stadium.
The purpose-built football stadium is home to the Japanese third division, J3 League, side Fujieda MYFC.
The football club currently does not hold the J-League Division 2 (J2) licence required for promotion, mainly due to the lack of sufficient stadium and club facilities.
The club finished third in J3 last season, narrowly missing out on the possibility of promotion.
Fujieda MYFC and the city both confirmed that the football stadium, which currently has 5,100 seats needs to increase this number to 10,000 to gain a J2 Licence.
In order to install the required number of seats and a large video screen, the city has estimated that more than JPY10 billion (£7m/€8.15m) will be needed, according to the local Shizuoka Shimbun newspaper.
Fujieda City Council last September approved an additional budget for a new LED floodlight system and doping control room to be installed at the football stadium during their regular council meeting.
Furthermore, the club’s new under-18 side has been established to start their inaugural campaign this season which all accounts for the club’s push towards the J2 Licence and potential promotion on the horizon.
Akimoto Tanaka, Fujieda City Office’s head of Sports and Culture Bureau, said: The city will work together with the club to provide the best support possible.
Kenji Mihara, Fujieda MYFC’s head of operations, welcomed the city’s support. He said:
We are extremely grateful for their commitment. Hopefully, these new upgrades to the stadium will trigger more supporters and fans to come and see us play as we have not been able to attract as many people as we would have liked.
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