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Yoyogi National Gymnasium

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Owner  Japan Sport Council
Opened  October 1964
Broke ground  February 1963
Architect  Kenzō Tange
Yoyogi National Gymnasium
Location  2-1, Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Public transit  Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line) Meiji-jingumae Station (Tokyo Metro)
Address  Japan, 〒150-0041 Tokyo, 渋谷区Jinnan, 2−1−1
Capacity  13,291 (1st Gymnasium); 3,202 (2nd Gymnasium)
Similar  Yoyogi Park, Osaka‑jō Hall, Meiji Shrine, Nippon Budokan, National Stadium

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


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. The design inspired Frei Otto's arena designs for the Olympic Stadium in Munich.

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. Images of the arena are regularly featured at the end of NHK Newsline broadcasts because the NHK World studios are adjacent to the arena along the edge of Yoyogi Park.


  • Since 2007: Foundation of Japan Cheerleading Association's (FJCA) Cheerleading Asia International Open Championships (CAIOC). 2012 will host the 6th edition from 18 to 20 May, and is sanctioned by the International Federation of Cheerleading (IFC).
  • 25 and 26 January 2011: SMTown Live '10 World Tour by SM Entertainment.
  • 29 May 2014: Luna Sea performed their 25th anniversary concert.
  • References

    Yoyogi National Gymnasium Wikipedia