Yoyogi National Gymnasium

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Yoyogi National Gymnasium
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Yoyogi National Gymnasium
Location2-1, Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates 35°40′03″N139°42′01″E / 35.66750°N 139.70028°E / 35.66750; 139.70028 Coordinates: 35°40′03″N139°42′01″E / 35.66750°N 139.70028°E / 35.66750; 139.70028
Public transit Tokyo Metro (at Meiji-jingumae):
C Chiyoda Line
F Fukutoshin Line
JR East :
JY Yamanote Line at Harajuku
OwnerJapan Sport Council
Capacity 13,291 (1st Gymnasium)
3,202 (2nd Gymnasium)
Broke groundFebruary 1963
OpenedOctober 1964
Architect Kenzo Tange

Yoyogi National Gymnasium (Japanese: 国立代々木競技場, Hepburn: Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyōgi-jō) is an arena located at Yoyogi Park in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, which is famous for its suspension roof design.



Interior of the Yoyogi National Gymnasium Yoyogi national 1st gymnasium 20120103.jpg
Interior of the Yoyogi National Gymnasium

It was designed by Kenzo Tange and built between 1961 and 1964 to house swimming and diving events in the 1964 Summer Olympics. A separate annex was used for the basketball competition at those same games. It will also host handball competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics. [1] The design inspired Frei Otto's arena designs for the Olympic Stadium in Munich. [2]

The arena holds 13,291 people (9,079 stand seats, 4,124 arena seats and 88 "royal box" seats) and is now primarily used for ice hockey, futsal and basketball.[ citation needed ]

The NHK World studios are adjacent to the arena along the edge of Yoyogi Park. Therefore, images of the arena are regularly featured at the end of NHK Newsline broadcasts.[ citation needed ]


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