Denka Big Swan Stadium
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.
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 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.
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2002 FIFA World CupEdit
Niigata Stadium hosted 3 matches in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
|Date||Team #1||Result||Team #2||Round||Attendance|
|1 June 2002||Republic of Ireland||1–1||Cameroon||Group E||33,679|
|3 June 2002||Croatia||0–1||Mexico||Group G||32,239|
|15 June 2002||Denmark||0–3||England||Round of 16||40,582|
- "Stadium guide: Archive" (in Japanese). Niigata Stadium website. Archived from the original on 12 September 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- "Albirex News" (in Japanese).
- 「デンカビッグスワンスタジアム」に アルビ新潟本拠地 (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- "「デンカビッグスワンスタジアム」に決定" (PDF). Denki Kagaku Kogyo. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.