Japan’s J3 League football club FC Imabari has released the latest plans and images for its new Satoyama Stadium, designed by Azusa Sekkei.
FC Imabari currently plays at its 5,000-capacity Arigato Service Yume Stadium which only meets the requirements for the 3rd tier J3 League.
The club has a long stated intention to move to a bigger stadium should they aim for promotion to the higher tiers of the J-League pyramid.
The club’s current home stadium is located on top of a hill and the new Satoyama Stadium will be built on a land underneath and adjacent to it. The club has hinted that their current home could become the team’s new training ground once the new stadium is completed and opened.
The stadium will initially have 6,000 seats but unlike the club’s current home, the new stadium is designed with future expansion plans in mind. The club envisions that it will eventually have 15,000 seats in total to meet the J-League’s top flight license criteria.
FC Imabari stated on the website that the new stadium is scheduled to open in February or March 2023 just in time for the new season to kick off.
The club is now planning a financing scheme so that both individual and corporate supporters can make donations to participate and contribute to the construction costs.
FC Imabari is owned by Takeshi Okada who guided Japan to 1998 and 2010 FIFA World Cups, the only head coach in the history of Japanese football to lead the national team twice in the international football’s showpiece events.
Image: FC Imabari/Azusa Sekkei
Article provided by The Stadium Hub