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Japan Olympic stadium 90% complete

Japan’s new National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, is nearly complete.

Japan Sport Council, which is responsible for its construction, said 90% of building work has been completed with work on track to finish on schedule in November.

A ceremony commemorating the stadium’s opening will be held on December 21 when the venue will be officially christened as the National Stadium.

Construction of other major new permanent venues including the Tokyo Aquatics Centre (72% complete), Sea Forest Waterway, Kasai Canoe Slalom Course (94%), Yumenoshima Park Archery Field and the Olympic and Paralympic Village is continuing apace.

Meanwhile Ariake Arena is 78% complete and the Oi Hockey Stadium 87% ready.

The Kengo Kuma designed 47-metre-high stadium covers five floors above ground and two below.

It is being built with timber from all 47 of Japan’s prefectures and will have 185 fans and eight mist cooling devices installed throughout to help visitors cope with the summer heat during the Games.

Construction began in December 2016 with a scheduled completion time of 36 months.

The stadium will serve as the main venue for events during the Tokyo Games — including the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics and Paralympics as well as the women’s football final. It will hold about 60,000 spectators during the games.