Saitama Super Arena

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Saitama Super Arena
Japanese Saitama Super Arena.jpg
Location Saitama Shintoshin, Chūō-ku, Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Coordinates 35°53′41.60″N 139°37′51.00″E / 35.8948889°N 139.6308333°E / 35.8948889; 139.6308333Coordinates: 35°53′41.60″N 139°37′51.00″E / 35.8948889°N 139.6308333°E / 35.8948889; 139.6308333
Owner Saitama Arena Corp.
Capacity 37,000
Construction
Opened September 1, 2000
Construction cost YEN ¥ 20 billion
USD $ 195 million
EUR € 142 million
Architect Ellerbe Becket[1]

Saitama Super Arena (さいたまスーパーアリーナ Saitama Sūpā Arīna?) is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Chūō-ku, Saitama City, Saitama, Japan. Its spectator capacity is 37,000 at maximum settings. This main arena capacity is between 19,000 and 22,500 when events such as basketball, volleyball, tennis, ice hockey, gymnastics, boxing, mixed martial arts, and professional wrestling take place there. It is also the only Japanese arena equipped especially for American football. The arena features a gigantic moveable section of seating which can reduce capacity for smaller events and create a more intimate setting.

It formerly housed the John Lennon Museum, which displayed John Lennon memorabilia and closed in 2010.

It is one of two home arenas to Japan Professional Basketball League team the Saitama Broncos.

It is a favorite venue for puroresu (Japanese professional wrestling) and mixed martial arts (MMA), and has hosted many of the biggest fights in MMA history.

Access[edit]

History[2][edit]

Event hosting[edit]

Sport and Martial arts[edit]

With an MMA event – Yarennoka! – December 2007

The Saitama Super Arena was preliminary open on May 5, 2000, and officially open on September 1 of the same year. The architecture firm Nikken Sekkei won the international design competition.

In 2000, the arena hosted two NHL ice hockey games between the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 2003, NBA basketball teams Seattle SuperSonics and the Los Angeles Clippers, played two games. On February 7, 2005 the arena hosted WWE Raw for United States cable television network Spike TV. The main event of the Raw hour was Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels, and the main event of the Raw Zone hour featured Triple H against Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship. In 2006, the arena hosted the Final Round of the Basketball World Championship 2006.

On December 31, 2007 the arena hosted Yarennoka, an MMA promotion organized by the former staff members of Pride Fighting Championship. On November 29, 2009 the arena hosted one of the biggest fights in Japan's history as WBC Flyweight Champion Daisuke Naito defends his title against Koki Kameda. On December 31, 2009 the arena hosted "FieLDS Dynamite!! The Power of Courage 2009" which was hosted by MMA promotions Dream and Sengoku along with kickboxing promotion K–1. On December 31, 2010 the arena hosted "FieLDS Dynamite!! ~ Power of Courage 2010" which was hosted by fight promotions DREAM and K–1. The arena hosted the Japanese return of the Ultimate Fighting Championship on February 26, 2012 for UFC 144.

On March 24–30 2014, 2014 World Figure Skating Championships.

Music[edit]

Besides sport and martial arts competition, there were held many music events, like Music Station, Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ, Animelo Summer Live, or humanitary Dream Power concerts organized by Yoko Ono.[3] Many notable Japanese music acts performed at the arena, alphabetically: AKB48, Namie Amuro, B'z, Masaharu Fukuyama, Gackt, Glay, Ayumi Hamasaki, Tomoyasu Hotei, Janne Da Arc, Berryz Kobo, Mai Kuraki, L'Arc-en-Ciel, Luna Sea, Nana Mizuki, Momoiro Clover Z , Morning Musume, Mr. Children, Nightmare, Siam Shade, Sound Horizon, Hikaru Utada.

Some Japanese anime projects like Love Live! or K-On! saw live musical realization in the arena.

International artists also performed there, like, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne, Muse, Radiohead, Taylor Swift, U2, and K-Pop group Girls' Generation.

Queen + Paul Rodgers performed there and the concerts were depicted in the concert DVD Super Live in Japan. Green Day taped the show for their new live album titled Awesome as Fuck. The Coverdale's band Whitesnake during the Loud Park Festival recorded their performance for a live album Made in Japan.

Gallery[edit]

Saitama Super Arena Sep2006.jpg Saitama Super Arena-2006-01-01.jpg Saitama Super Arena-2005-9-11 1.jpg Saitama Super Arena Night from Ground.jpg Flickr - tpower1978 - Japan Open (2).jpg

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saitama Super Arena architect Ellerbe Becket
  2. ^ :ja:さいたまスーパーアリーナ as of 2007-07-04T07:48:17
  3. ^ "Dream Power Super Live events history". Dream Power (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-10-04. 

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Preceded by
Conseco Fieldhouse
Indianapolis
FIBA World Championship
Final Venue

2006
Succeeded by
Sinan Erdem Dome
İstanbul