Tokyo 2020: Venues Guide for the Delayed Olympics | Tokyo Olympics 2020
1 Olympic stadium
The $ 1.4 billion Olympic stadium, called koku-ritsu or “national” by the inhabitants, is a building of its time. Some 70,000 cubic feet of certified forest wood – mostly cedar – from each of Japan’s 47 prefectures were deliberately used in the design, eliminating the need for imported wood that would have had a greater environmental impact. The Olympic cauldron will be unveiled using hydrogen during the opening ceremony on July 23, offsetting carbon emissions. The giant glass solar panels on the roof will provide electricity, and rainwater from the roof and sidewalks will be collected in underground reservoirs and irrigate the turf on the stadium’s playing fields that will be used for athletic events and football game.
The 68,000-seat building, erected on the same site as the main stadium when Tokyo last hosted the Games in 1964, could go down in Olympic history as one of the greenest ever built. Its Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, known for his use of natural materials, said when the building was completed in November 2019: “The Olympics are still becoming a symbol of the times, so we wanted to create something that captures the thoughts of people on the environment or the Earth at the time.
2 Tokyo Aquatic Center
Spectators can expect to see records broken when swimmers take on the Tokyo Aquatic Center. Test swimmers who have tried the water in the 10-lane pool before report it was a quick run – music to the ears of British breaststroke champion Adam Peaty and others hoping to leave Tokyo with new Olympic and world records. The building is one of eight new venues built specifically for the 2020 Games, but was the last to be completed due to delays caused by the pandemic; it was finally opened in October of last year seven months late.
The 15,000-capacity building – whose ceiling design is based on traditional Japanese origami – will host swimming, diving and artistic swimming events. It has movable walls and floors so that the length and depth can be adjusted both in the main pool and in the warm-up pool. The water temperature is maintained by a geothermal pump, which reflects the ecological references that have become the hallmark of these Games. At the end of the Olympics, the pool will continue to be used for national and international competitions, but it will also be open to the public as part of the legacy of the Games.
3 Ariake Gymnastics Center
The $ 188 million Ariake Gymnastics Center continues the theme of the wood that dominates the main stadium of the Games. The designers again used wood to showcase traditional Japanese building techniques, and the area surrounding the new temporary building was originally devoted to wood storage. The site used 2,300 cubic meters of Japanese lumber – mostly cedar and larch – to create what has been described as the city’s “driftwood bowl in the bay”. Organizers say the site has one of the largest wooden roofs in the world, with a 30-meter-wide structure constructed of larch wood from Nagano and Hokkaido prefectures. Site general manager Koichi Fukui said when opening the center: “We use a lot of wood. We can smell the wood and feel the warmth of the wood.
The venue, which is slated to host artistic, rhythmic and trampoline gymnastics competitions during the Games and is just a five-minute drive from the Olympic Village, can accommodate 12,000 spectators on custom-made wooden benches. After the Games, the site is expected to be transformed into an exhibition center, although it has also been reported that it could become a sports arena. There are also plans for the wooden benches to be reused in Japanese schools as part of the game’s legacy.
4 Japanese Budokan
The Beatles were the first group to perform here in the summer of 1966. A decade later Muhammad Ali faced Japanese professional wrestling legend Antonio Inoki at the same venue and three years later Bob Dylan was there to record his. classic album, Live at Budokan 1979 But in July, the old music and wrestling arena returned to its martial arts roots to host the very first Olympic karate events as well as judo which made their Games debut there in 1964.
The 11,000-seat Nippon Budokan – which means Japan Martial Arts Hall in English – was specially built to host the judo events of the 1964 Games. Today, the place remains the spiritual home of Japanese martial arts. The arena was declared ‘event ready’ when it hosted the world judo championships in 2019. And with Japan becoming world judo champions – with France in second place – they must be big favorites to win a medal again this summer. Japanese teenager Akira Sone, who won in women’s +78 kg – defeating two-time Cuban world champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Idalys Ortiz in the final, said: “Winning gold here is very special. . I will take it step by step, but my final goal is gold in Tokyo.
5 Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium
The world’s attention will be on the city of Fukushima on July 21, when Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium hosts the Games’ first event with Japan taking on Australia in softball. A decade earlier, the prefecture – 239 km from Tokyo – was making headlines for other reasons. An earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck the northeast coast of Japan in March 2011, triggering a tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people. It also sparked a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate. The fusion was ranked at Level 7 on the International Nuclear Events Scale, making it the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.
Olympic event organizers and the Japanese government hope that hosting the Games’ baseball and softball events at the stadium will help show the world how the worst-hit prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate have recovered in the past. over the past 10 years. President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach and then Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the stadium in 2018 and met young athletes who revealed that the sport helped them through the trauma. Bach told them: “Sports have helped you overcome many challenges and gave you the opportunity to meet teammates and friends. At the end of the day, that’s sport. “
6 Ariake Urban Sports Park
Skateboarding makes its Olympic debut at Ariake Urban Sports Park. Two disciplines – street and park – will be presented at the Games, each on a separate course. Park has its roots in the drained pools that skateboarders first used in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, when skateboarding first appeared. In Tokyo, athletes compete in a smooth dome-shaped bowl with steep curved slopes that allow skaters to reach huge heights and have the freedom to run a race. Competitors are noted for the difficulty and originality of their tricks and for maintaining a good flow.
In street events, skaters take a course made up of real-world obstacles such as stairs, rails, benches and slopes, similar to a typical urban skate park. Competitors in a limited time, skaters can choose the route of their choice on the course and are judged on the difficulty of the figures, the height, the speed, the originality, the execution and the composition.
Skateboarding is likely to become a regular part of the Olympic calendar as it is already registered for the 2024 Games in Paris. Besides skateboarding, the park will also host freestyle BMX – which is making its Olympic debut – and BMX races.