Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium
Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium (大阪府立体育会館 Ōsaka furitsu taiikukaikan?) is an indoor sporting arena located in Namba, Osaka, Japan. It first opened in 1952 and the current building was constructed in 1987. It is the venue of a professional sumo tournament (honbasho) held in March every year. The capacity of the arena is 8,000 people. Its total revenue for the 2006 fiscal year was 260 million yen, of which sumo provided 80 million.
In March 2012, the arena was renamed Bodymaker Colosseum (ボディメーカー コロシアム Bodimēkā koroshiamu?) after the naming rights were sold to sports apparel company BB Sports for the next three years. The name was changed back in April 2015, when BB Sports did not renew their deal.
- The Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium is featured in the manga/anime series Fighting Spirit (Hajime no Ippo) as one of the venues the boxers fight at. It is also included in the video game adaptation of the series, Victorious Boxers.
- Namba Station - Nankai Electric Railway (250m from South Exit), Osaka Municipal Subway (350m from Exit 5)
- Ōsaka Namba Station - Kintetsu Namba Line, Hanshin Namba Line (600m)
- JR Namba Station - West Japan Railway Company (JR West) Kansai Main Line (Yamatoji Line) (800m)
- "Sumo world puzzled by plan to close Osaka Pref. gymnasium". Daily Yomiuri online. 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2008-04-29.[dead link]
- Meltzer, Dave (April 13, 2015). "April 13, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: SmackDown to USA Network, AJ Lee retires, UFC drug czar, death of Steve Rickard, and much more". Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, California): 30. ISSN 1083-9593.
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