The Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium in Japan will undergo a series of renovations after being selected as an additional venue to host Tokyo 2020 Olympics baseball and softball matches.
Tokyo 2020, together with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), said that the hosting of events in Fukushima will support recovery efforts in the overall Tohoku region, which was hit in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
Matches played in the Tohoku region will be further evidence of Tokyo 2020’s commitment to bring sporting events to the recovering areas and will demonstrate the power of sport.
It had already been decided that Miyagi Prefecture, similarly affected by the 2011 disaster, will host football matches during the competition’s preliminary rounds.
Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori said:
By hosting Olympic baseball and softball events, Fukushima will have a great platform to show the world the extent of its recovery in the 10 years since the disaster.
It will also be a wonderful chance for us to show our gratitude towards those who assisted in the region’s reconstruction. And I’m sure the people of Fukushima are also looking forward very much to seeing Olympics events hosted there.
Located in the green Azuma Sports Park, the Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium will be renovated for the 2020 Games, extending its legacy for future generations of baseball and softball athletes and fans in the region. A number of Nippon Professional Baseball games have been held at this stadium.
Along with the added stadium, the Yokohama Stadium in Kanagawa prefecture remains as the primary venue to host baseball and softball competitions.
The addition of the Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium brings the number of Tokyo 2020 Games venues to a total of 40, including eight new permanent venues, 23 existing sites and nine temporary venues.
Some 39 of these 40 venues will be used for competitions during the Olympic Games, and 20 of them will be used for the Paralympic Games. Nearly 60% of the venues will utilise existing facilities.