Niigata Stadium, Big Swan
|Full name||Denka Big Swan Stadium|
|Former names||Niigata Stadium (2001-2007)|
Tohoku Denryoku Big Swan Stadium (2007–2013)
|Location||Niigata City, Japan|
|Record attendance||42,223 (Albirex Niigata vs Omiya Ardija, 23 November 2003)|
|Field size||107 x 72 m|
|Broke ground||November 1997|
|Opened||April 29, 2001|
|Albirex Niigata (2001–present)|
The Denka Big Swan Stadium(デンカビッグスワンスタジアムDenka Biggu Suwan Sutajiamu), also nicknamed the Big Swan(ビッグスワンBiggu Suwan), is a multi-purpose stadium in Niigata City, Japan. It is the home ground of J2 League club Albirex Niigata and was one of the 20 stadia used in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, hosting three matches. Through a sponsorship deal the stadium is officially named Denka Big Swan Stadium(デンカビッグスワンスタジアムDenka Biggu Suwan Sutajiamu), and has previously been called the Tohoku Denryoku Big Swan Stadium for similar reason.
The stadium's capacity is 42,300. The highest recorded attendance at the stadium was Albirex Niigata's home fixture against Omiya Ardija on 23 November 2003, the final day of the 2003 J. League Division 2, with 42,223 fans attending.
In 2007, Tohoku Electric Power bought the naming rights to the Niigata Stadium for ¥120 million/year, retitling the stadium as the "Tohoku Denryoku Big Swan Stadium".In September 2013, Denki Kagaku Kogyo (Denka) bought the naming rights for ¥70 million/year, and the stadium was rebranded as the "Denka Big Swan Stadium" in a 3-year deal.
The stadium also sometimes hosts rugby union Top League games and on May 18, 2008 Japan played Hong Kong here in the 2008 Asian Five Nations.
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Niigata Stadium hosted 3 matches in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
|Date||Team #1||Result||Team #2||Round||Attendance|
|1 June 2002||1–1||Group E||33,679|
|3 June 2002||0–1||Group G||32,239|
|15 June 2002||0–3||Round of 16||40,582|
There is a bus stop ' Big Swan mae(ビッグスワン前)', 1 minute walk away from the stadium. Transit bus operated by Niigata Kotsu S70, S71, S72 (line: S7) runs from Niigata Station South Exit.
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