All you need to know about the Tokyo 2020 venues
With the world’s biggest quadrennial sporting event headed to Tokyo, the host city is working hard to complete its preparations before welcoming the world in less than a year’s time.
A total of 42 venues will stage events at the 2020 Olympic Games, 27 of which are in and around the Japanese capital.
Those 27 are split into the Heritage Zone and Tokyo Bay Zone with the other 15 outlying venues.
The Heritage Zone, as the name suggests, contains iconic arenas which were part of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
The Tokyo Bay Zone houses 16 venues, as well as the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre, with the Olympic Village at the intersection of the two zones.
Here’s a rundown of some of the main sites:
The New National Stadium
A venue which carries Japan's Olympic heritage and plays host to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies along with athletics.
With the structure undergoing a major renovation, the new stadium is expected to hold around 60,000 spectators, a big upgrade from the 48,000-capacity of the old one.
Tokyo Aquatics Centre
The second biggest discipline after athletics (in terms of the medals on offer), aquatics deserves a fitting venue. And the Tokyo Aquatics Centre looks to be just that.
This venue will include the competition pool, a sub-pool (used for warm-ups) and a diving pool.
The organisers hope to hold a number of international, national, and junior level competitions after the Games, thus keeping the pool active. Moreover, as a part of its legacy programme, the pool will be opened for public use, once the Tokyo Games wrap up.
The official venue for archery at the Olympics, Yunemoshima Park is in the Tokyo Bay Zone and was constructed on a former landfill site.
The first among the venues to be completed, the Yunemoshima Park Archery Field is shaped like an archer’s bow and includes a grandstand and a warm-up area apart from the competition field.
The Olympic Test Event is scheduled here for April 14-15.
Oi Hockey Stadium
Located inside the Oi Central Seaside Park Sports Forest, the Oi Hockey Stadium will host hockey matches at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Though the stadium showed slow progress during its competition stage, the organisers ensured that the venue was delivered well in time for the Test event which gets underway on August 17.
The venue can hold up to 15,000 spectators and one can expect a full house for most of the matches.
Camp Asaka is one of the outlying venues at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Located around 30km from the National Stadium, this venue for shooting events at the Tokyo Games served as the base for Japan’s Military Parade and the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force.
It is also the headquarters of the Eastern Army.
Musashino Forest Sports Plaza
Based in the western extremities of the Heritage Zone, the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza will host badminton and modern pentathlon at the Tokyo Games.
Musashino Forest Sports Plaza was the first permanent venue constructed for the 2020 Olympic Games.
With its state of the art interior design and Tokyo 2020 accessibility guidelines, the venue is designed to be accessible for all, including the elderly, people with impairments, parents with infant strollers, and those with guide dogs.
It is situated next to the Tokyo Stadium which will host football and rugby sevens with both facilities staging a successful modern pentathlon test event in June.
The Makuhari Messe located on the east of the Tokyo Bay Zone is a convention centre which will witness wrestling, taekwondo, and fencing during the Olympics.
The structure exists with temporary stands, divided between the three disciplines that are to be held at this venue. While the wrestling area will accommodate close to 8,000 people, taekwondo and fencing will see 6,000 spectators.
The Ryōgoku Kokugikan or the Kokugikan Arena is one of the most important venues in the Heritage Zone.
With a capacity of 11,098 people, boxing will be held here.
Though this venue was initially constructed for sumo wrestling, the arena eventually saw a number of martial arts events along with sumo matches being held here.
The structure stands as a classical example of the Japanese infrastructure for indoor sports today and, with a few more touch-ups, it is good to go and ready to host the boxing tournament in 2020.
Baseball and softball are back at the Summer Olympics after 12 years and Yokohama Stadium will be the main venue for the ultimate show.
While Fukushima will host some of the preliminary rounds, Yokohama will stage all the medal matches in softball and then baseball.
This stadium is capable of accommodating 30,000 people during the matches.
Ariake Gymnastics Centre
Artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampolining at Tokyo 2020 will take place at the Olympic Gymnastics Centre or Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo Bay from 25th July to 9th August.
Situated right next to the Olympic Village, the gymnastics centre is one of the most easily accessible and commutable venues.
The temporary centre will hold 10,000 people during the Games.
Close by are the Ariake Arena (volleyball), the Ariake Urban Sports Park (BMX cycling and skateboarding) and the Ariake Tennis Park.