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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.

Denka Big Swan Stadium
Niigata Stadium, Big Swan
Full nameDenka Big Swan Stadium
Former namesNiigata Stadium (2001-2007)
Tohoku Denryoku Big Swan Stadium (2007–2013)
LocationNiigata City, Japan
Coordinates37°52′57.41″N 139°03′33.01″E / 37.8826139°N 139.0591694°E / 37.8826139; 139.0591694Coordinates: 37°52′57.41″N 139°03′33.01″E / 37.8826139°N 139.0591694°E / 37.8826139; 139.0591694
OwnerNiigata Prefecture
OperatorAlbirex Niigata
Record attendance42,223 (Albirex Niigata vs Omiya Ardija, 23 November 2003)
Field size107 x 72 m
Broke groundNovember 1997
OpenedApril 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.[1]


Naming historyEdit

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".[2] 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.[3][4]


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.

Rugby LeagueEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Stadium guide: Archive" (in Japanese). Niigata Stadium website. Archived from the original on 12 September 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Albirex News" (in Japanese).
  3. ^ 「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.
  4. ^ "「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.

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