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Noevir Stadium Kobe

The Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium (神戸市御崎公園球技場), also known as The Noevir Stadium Kobe (ノエビアスタジアム神戸), is a football stadium in Misaki Park, Hyogo-ku, Kobe, Japan. The stadium has a capacity of 30,132. This stadium, which features a retractable roof, is the home ground of J1 League club Vissel Kobe and the rugby union Top League team Kobelco Steelers.

NOEVIR Stadium Kobe
ノエビアスタジアム神戸
Inside View of Kobe Wing Stadium.jpg
Full nameNOEVIR Stadium Kobe[1]
Former namesKobe Wing Stadium (2001-2007)
Home's Stadium Kobe (2007-2013)
Address1-2-2 Misaki-Cho, Hyōgo-ku, Kobe, Japan
Coordinates34°39′24.15″N 135°10′8.27″E / 34.6567083°N 135.1689639°E / 34.6567083; 135.1689639Coordinates: 34°39′24.15″N 135°10′8.27″E / 34.6567083°N 135.1689639°E / 34.6567083; 135.1689639
Public transitKobe Municipal Subway:
Subway KobeKaigan.svg Kaigan Line at Misaki-Kōen
JR West:
Wadamisaki Line at Wadamisaki (limited service)
OwnerKobe City
OperatorKobe Wing Stadium Co.,Ltd.
TypeStadium
Capacity30,132[2]
Field size105 x 68 m
Field shapeSquare
SurfaceGrass
Opened2001
Tenants
Vissel Kobe
INAC Kobe Leonessa
Kobelco Steelers

In 1970, Kobe Central Football Stadium (神戸市立中央競技場) was opened at the site of the Kobe Keirin Track. It was the first football stadium in Japan to be able to host games at night following the installation of night lighting.

2002 FIFA World CupEdit

In order to host the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the stadium was renovated to install a removable roof and increase spectator capacity. It was opened under the name Kobe Wing Stadium in November 2001 with a capacity of 42,000.

Date Team 1 Res. Team 2 Round
5 June 2002   Russia 2–0   Tunisia Group H
7 June 2002   Sweden 2–1   Nigeria Group F
17 June 2002   Brazil 2–0   Belgium Round of 16

Reopened in 2003 with a reduced capacity of 32,000 Kobe Wing Stadium became the home of the Vissel Kobe football club.

2019 Rugby World CupEdit

The stadium has been announced as one of the venues for 2019 Rugby World Cup which will be the first Rugby World Cup to be held in Asia.[3]

Naming rightsEdit

In February 2007, Next Co., Ltd. (the owner of the real estate website "Home's") purchased the naming rights to the stadium from the city of Kobe for three years at a sum of 70 million yen per year. The stadium was renamed "Home's Stadium Kobe" on March 1, 2007, and the contract was renewed for a further three years in January 2010.[4]

In 2012, the city of Kobe sought tenders for a new naming sponsor. Kobe-based cosmetics company Noevir was the only bidder, and in February 2013, the city announced the conclusion of a three-year contract for the sum of 65 million yen per year. The stadium became known as Noevir Stadium Kobe on 1 March 2013.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.vissel-kobe.co.jp/en/access/
  2. ^ www.vissel-kobe.co.jp
  3. ^ "World Rugby approves revised Japan 2019 hosting roadmap". World Rugby. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  4. ^ "神戸市:ホームズスタジアム神戸におけるネーミングライツ契約の更新". City.kobe.lg.jp. 2016-02-23. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  5. ^ "神戸市:御崎公園球技場におけるネーミングライツスポンサーの選定結果". City.kobe.lg.jp. Retrieved 2016-02-28.

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