Saitama Stadium 2002 (埼玉スタジアム2002, Saitama Sutajiamu Nimarumaruni), often called Saitama Stadium (埼玉スタジアム, Saitama Sutajiamu) or simply Saisuta (埼スタ), is a football stadium located in Midori-ku, Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
|Location||Midori-ku, Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan|
|Public transit||Saitama Rapid Railway Line at Urawa-Misono|
|Operator||Saitama Prefectural Park Association|
|Record attendance||63,551 (Japan vs Oman, 3 June 2012)|
|Field size||105 x 68 m|
|Opened||1 October 2001|
|Urawa Red Diamonds (2001–present)|
Omiya Ardija (2005–2007)
Japan national football team (Selected match)
Currently, J1 League club Urawa Red Diamonds use this stadium for home games. It is the largest football-specific stadium in Japan and is one of the largest stadiums in Asia. It has hosted the semi-finals of both the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the football tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics. It is also the home stadium of Japan national football team in almost every FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.
Built by Azusa Sekkei to host matches of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, construction was completed in September 2001. The stadium holds 63,700 people, although for segregation reasons league games hosted at the ground have a reduced capacity of 62,300. The Saitama Stadium hosted four matches during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, including co-host Japan's first match against Belgium.
2002 FIFA World CupEdit
The stadium was one of the venues of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and held the following matches:
|Date||Team 1||Result||Team 2||Round|
|2 June 2002||England||1–1||Sweden||Group F|
|4 June 2002||Japan||2–2||Belgium||Group H|
|6 June 2002||Cameroon||1–0||Saudi Arabia||Group E|
|26 June 2002||Brazil||1–0||Turkey||Semi-finals|
- Building area: 54,420m²
- Total floor area: 62,674m²
- Covered area: 29,000m²
- Stand inclination: Max. 30 degree angle
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- "FIFA". fifa.com. Retrieved 2021-08-30.
- "Saitama Stadium 2002". Information from Saitama Prefecture for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games!. Retrieved 2021-08-30.
- "Venue Plan". Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee. Archived from the original on 27 July 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
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|Events and tenants|
|Preceded by|| All Japan High School Soccer Tournament
|Preceded by|| Host of the
J.League Cup finals