According to a news report by the Associated Press (AP), demolition of Tokyo’s old National Stadium will be completed by September and construction of the new main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will start in October, as was advised by the venue’s management group on Thursday.
Demolition was supposed to begin last July but was delayed by irregularities in the bid process and missteps by the Japan Sports Council, which manages the stadium.
The new 80,000-seat stadium is slated to host the opening and final of the Rugby World Cup in 2019.
Plans for the stadium, designed by award-winning British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, have been plagued by problems, including complaints from some prominent architects, who say the design is too big and expensive.
The old National Stadium was the centerpiece of the 1964 Olympic Games.
New National Stadium Facts
- Location: Tokyo, Japan
- Client: Japan Sports Council
- Size: 290,000m2
- Capacity: 80,000 people
The new Tokyo National Stadium is more than a large sports facility designed to the highest design specifications and functional requirements. It is a piece of the city’s fabric, and urban connector which enhances and modulates people moving through the site from different directions and points of access. The elevated ground connections govern the flow of people through the site, effectively carving the geometric forms of the building.
Image: Zaha Hadid architecture