Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium

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Misaki Park Stadium (Kobe Wing Stadium)
Noevir Stadium Kobe
Inside View of Kobe Wing Stadium.jpg
Full name Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium
Former names Kobe Wing Stadium (2001-2007)
Home's Stadium Kobe (2007-2013)
Location Japan Kobe, Japan
Coordinates 34°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
Owner Kobe City
Operator Kobe Wing Stadium Co.,Ltd.
Capacity 30,132[1]
Field size 105 x 68 m
Surface Grass
Opened 2001
Tenants
Vissel Kobe (J. League)
Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers (Top League)

Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium (神戸市御崎公園球技場?), nicknamed Kobe Wing Stadium (神戸ウイングスタジアム Kōbe Uingu Sutajiamu?) and currently known as Noevir Stadium Kobe for J. League association football events and rugby football Top League events, is a football stadium in Misaki Park, Hyogo-ku, Kobe, Japan. The stadium's capacity is 30,132. This stadium, which features a retractable roof, is the home ground of J. League club Vissel Kobe and the rugby union Top League team Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers.

In 1970, Kobe Central 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 Cup[edit]

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
2002-06-05  Russia 2-0  Tunisia Group H
2002-06-07  Sweden 2-1  Nigeria Group F
2002-06-17  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.

Naming Rights[edit]

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 3 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 3 years in January 2010.[2]
In 2012 the City 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 3-year contract for the sun of 65 million yen per year. The stadium became known as Noevir Stadium Kobe on 1 March 2013.[3]

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