Saitama Stadium 2002

Coordinates: 35°54′11.2″N 139°43′3.0″E / 35.903111°N 139.717500°E / 35.903111; 139.717500

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.

Saitama Stadium 2002
Saisuta
Saitama stadium2002-1.jpg
LocationMidori-ku, Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Public transitSaitama Railway Logo.svg Saitama Rapid Railway Line at Urawa-Misono
OwnerSaitama Prefecture
OperatorSaitama Prefectural Park Association
Capacity63,700[1]
Record attendance63,551 (Japan vs Oman, 3 June 2012)
Field size105 x 68 m
SurfaceGrass
Opened1 October 2001
Tenants
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.[2][3] It has hosted the semi-finals of both the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the football tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics.[4] It is also the home stadium of Japan national football team in almost every FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

LocationEdit

The stadium is a 15 to 20 minute walk from Urawa-Misono Station on the Saitama Railway Line.

HistoryEdit

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.

Between 2005 and 2007, the Urawa Red Diamonds' local derby rival Omiya Ardija hosted matches here along with Urawa Komaba due to expansion of its home Ōmiya Park Soccer Stadium.

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

FeaturesEdit

  • Building area: 54,420m²
  • Total floor area: 62,674m²
  • Covered area: 29,000m²
  • Stand inclination: Max. 30 degree angle

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Saitama Stadium 2002 Information". Saitama Stadium 2002. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  2. ^ "FIFA". fifa.com. Retrieved 2021-08-30.
  3. ^ "Saitama Stadium 2002". Information from Saitama Prefecture for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games!. Retrieved 2021-08-30.
  4. ^ "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
finals venue

2014–present
Succeeded by
TBD
Preceded by Host of the
J.League Cup finals

2014–present
Succeeded by
current