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According to a piece by Kyodo reported on the Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) website, Yokohama Stadium has become a top candidate to host baseball during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Baseball and softball, which have not been played at the Olympics since 2008, are among the sports that 2020 organisers have nominated for the Tokyo Games in addition to the core Olympic program.

The other sports are surfing, skate boarding, sport climbing and karate. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will announce 2020’s additional sports this August, prior to the Rio de Janiero Games.

Tokyo Games organisers also looked into the Tokyo Dome and Chiba city’s QVC Marine Field as potential venues. However, Tokyo Dome’s candidacy suffers from the lack of nearby space needed for security and media. Chiba is already set to host three competitions, including wrestling, and it said that Kanagawa Prefecture is favoured by some for baseball out of a desire to achieve balance.

Organising Committee President Yoshiro Mori has previously indicated his stance to have some events hosted in Fukushima Prefecture in the heart of the area affected by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.


The Yokohama Arena will host this September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 event, which will include tours of many of the city’s sports venues, including Yokohama Stadium. To guarantee your place at this must-attend conference and exhibition, visit the website at:


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In a recent statement, the Mayor of Yokohama, Fumiko Hayashi, confirmed, “I am pleased to welcome Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 to Yokohama.” She continued:

Our city is home to YOKOHAMA ARENA, our venue for this event, has a capacity of approximately 17,000 and boasts a moveable seating system, enabling its use for a wide range of sports competitions and events. Numerous hosts have praised this venue for its well-equipped facilities, and it is utilized for events an impressive 300 days out of the year.

Furthermore, Yokohama has a high-speed Shinkansen (bullet train) station, providing excellent transport connections to other cities within Japan, and the city’s beautiful harbor-front district scenery, world cuisine and other attractions offer plenty to do after event sessions.

By hosting Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016, we hope to provide opportunities for its many participants to hold fruitful discussions and lively exchanges.

Fumiko Hayashi
Mayor of Yokohama


The 18th edition of our ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific, will be held at the Yokohama Arena, September 26-28, 2016. For further details, go to:

It has been confirmed that the 72,000-capacity Yokohama Stadium, which hosted the final of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, will now stage the final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

World Rugby had been forced to revise its plans for the first Rugby World Cup in Asia after the design of the new Japan National Stadium, which was to be the showpiece of the 2019 tournament as well as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, was scrapped in July.

The Japanese Government has subsequently advised that the new redesigned stadium will be built in time for the Olympics, but not for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

A statement from World Rugby advised:

World Rugby’s executive committee is satisfied that the revised vision proposed by the Japan Rugby 2019 organising committee, with the full support of the Japan Government, meets the required criteria.

Japan caught World Rugby off guard in July when they announced that the proposed new 80,000-seat National Stadium – the centrepiece of the 2020 Olympic Games – wouldn’t be completed in time to host matches during the first Rugby World Cup in Asia.

The venue, whose original design was scrapped by the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, because of escalating costs, was also due to host the tournament’s opening ceremony and match.

World Rugby said that the 50,000-seat Tokyo Stadium, home to the local football club FC Tokyo, would now take the opening honour, while announcing a new roadmap with local organisers after a complete review of the plan.

Introducing the new venues, World Rugby Chairman, Bernard Lapasset stated:

These are exciting, unprecedented times for Japan Rugby and this revised roadmap reinforces and reflects the shared vision and mission to deliver a Rugby World Cup that will be great for Japan, great for Asia and great for Rugby.

We would like to thank our partners in Japan for their committed response to the stadium issue and all of the work they have undertaken, and in particular the Prime Minister of Japan and his government, Japan Sports Council and the Governor of Tokyo and Mayor of Yokohama for their full support.

The tone of satisfaction was in stark contrast to the body’s feelings in July, when it requested urgent talks after Prime Minister Abe, tired of the rising costs and public outcry against the National Stadium plans, ordered a scaled back version.

Image: Yokohama Stadium was the host of the 2002 Football World Cup final.

Source: Australian Leisure Management magazine; an official media partner to Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015.

Our hugely successful Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event will be held in Japan in 2016. The host venue for which and the dates will be announced shortly, so make sure to keep checking back on: and