Hanazono Rugby Stadium
The Hanazono Rugby Stadium (東大阪市花園ラグビー場, literally "Higashiosaka City Hanazono Rugby Stadium") in Higashiosaka is the oldest dedicated rugby union stadium in Japan. There is next to Hanazono Central Park (花園中央公園, hanazono chūō kōen). Owned by city of Higashiosaka, it opened in 1929 with a capacity of 26,544. It is the stage for the annual National High School Rugby Tournament held every year at the end of December and has hosted important international, Top League games.
Hanazono after renovatiom
|Former names||Hanazono Rugby Stadium (1929–Before WWII)|
Hanazono Training Field (During WWII)
Hanazono Rugby Stadium (After WWII–1982)
Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium (1982-2015)
|Location||Higashiosaka, Osaka, Japan|
|Owner||City of Higashiosaka|
30,000 (Expansion in 1991)
|Opened||November 22, 1929|
|Construction cost||¥7.2 billion (Renovation in 2018)|
|Kintetsu Liners (1929-present)|
2019 Rugby World Cup
All-Japan Rugby Football Championship
All-Japan University Rugby Championship
Kansai University Rugby Football League
National High School Rugby Tournament
Hanazono is the home of the Kintetsu Liners rugby union team.
Tne stadium underwent a large scale renovation during 2017-18 to increase facilities in preparation for the Rugby World Cup. On 26 October 2018, Hanazono hosted an international fixture between Japan national rugby union team and World XV in celebration of the completion.
2019 Rugby World Cup matchesEdit
|Date||Time (JST)||Team #1||Res.||Team #2||Round||Attendance|
|22 September 2019||14:15||Italy||47–22||Namibia||Pool B||20,354|
|28 September 2019||13:45||Argentina||28–12||Tonga||Pool C||21,971|
|3 October 2019||14:15||Georgia||10–45||Fiji||Pool D||21,069|
|13 October 2019||14:45||United States||To be determined||Tonga||Pool C||N/A|
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