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
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.



  • Nikken Sekkei won the international design competition.
  • 2000: May 5 preliminary open. September 1 official open.

Event hosting[edit]


With an MMA event – Yarennoka! – December 2007

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 at the arena.

On May 5, 2003 the arena hosted Kei Yasuda's graduation from Morning Musume as well as Hitomi Yoshizawa's graduation nearly 4 years later to the day, on May 6, 2007.

On December 24, 2004 the arena played host to Music Station Super Live 2004.

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.

Queen + Paul Rodgers performed at the arena on October 26 and 27, 2005. The concerts were depicted in the concert DVD Super Live in Japan.

In 2006, the arena hosted the Final Round of the Basketball World Championship 2006. It also hosted a concert titled "Dead or Alive" by the band Janne Da Arc on May 20.

During 2006, Hikaru Utada's Utada United 2006 and Mai Kuraki's Diamond Wave Live Tour concert were held and recorded.

On October 20 and 21, 2006 American superstar Mariah Carey performerd two sold-out shows in the arena during her The Adventures of Mimi tour.

On April 1, 2007, Berryz Kobo held a concert at Saitama Super Arena, becoming the youngest female group ever to perform there whose members average age did not exceed 14 years (thereby dethroning Morning Musume, whose average was 16.3).[3]

On December 31, 2007 the arena hosted Yarennoka, an MMA promotion organized by the former staff members of Pride Fighting Championship.

On January 3, 2008 the arena hosted Nana Mizuki's live concert and released the concert DVD Nana Mizuki Live Formula at Saitama Super Arena.

On August 30 and 31, 2008 the arena hosted Animelo Summer Live 2008 Challenge.

On October 4, 2008 the arena hosted Radiohead's live concert broadcast on Japanese WOWOW.

On February 9 and 10, 2009, the arena hosted a concert for British alternative rock band Coldplay on their Viva la Vida Tour.

On July 4 and 5, 2009, the arena hosted Masaharu Fukuyama's 20th anniversary national tour concert.[4]

On July 12, 2009 the arena hosted Japanese artist and superstar Gackt and his "Gackt Vicualive Arena Tour 2009 Requiem et Reminiscence II Final". This is last premiere of his tour after total 59 performances with enormous success. One part was broadcast on Japanese WOWOW.

On August 22 and 23, 2009 the arena hosted Animelo Summer Live 2009 RE:BRIDGE.

On October 17–18, 2009, Beyoncé held two shows of her I Am... World Tour at the Saitama Super Arena.

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 January 9, 2010 the arena hosted the rock band Nightmare's 10th anniversary concert.

On January 23 and 24, 2010 the arena hosted Green Day as part of their 21st Century Breakdown World Tour. Green Day taped the show for their new live album titled Awesome as Fuck, released on March 22, 2011.

On August 28 and 29, 2010 the arena hosted Animelo Summer Live 2010 evolution.

On December 31, 2010 the arena hosted "FieLDS Dynamite!! ~ Power of Courage 2010" which was hosted by fight promotions DREAM and K–1.

On February 20, 2011 the arena hosted the K-ON! anime live concert Come With Me!!.

On July 24, 2011, Nana Mizuki's Live Journey 2011 concert were held and recorded.

On August 27 and 28, 2011 the arena hosted Animelo Summer Live 2011 rainbow.

on November 30 and December 1, 2013, Namie Amuro performed on the arena as part of her "namie amuro FEEL tour 2013" and the filming for its live DVD will take place on the arena, making it Namie's first live DVD for an arena tour.

Siam Shade performed a reunion charity concert, titled "Great Tohoku Earthquake Restoration Support Charity Live Siam Shade Spirits ~Return the Favor~", at the arena on October 21, 2011.[5]

Luna Sea performed their October 22, 2011 charity concert, "Luna Sea for Japan "A Promise to the Brave"", at the arena. Tickets sold out in five minutes.[6]

On September 10 and 11, 2011 the arena hosted L'Arc~en~Ciel as part of their 20th L'Anniversary TOUR

On Christmas Day, December 25, 2011, Momoiro Clover Z performed to a sold-out crowd of 10,000, their largest to date.[7]

On February 1, 2012, Tomoyasu Hotei performed his 50th birthday concert at the arena. His former Boøwy bandmate Makoto Takahashi appeared as a special guest drummer.[8]

On February 4 and 5, 2012 Avril Lavigne performed to a sold-out crowd of over 35,000.

The arena hosted the Japanese return of the Ultimate Fighting Championship on February 26, 2012 for UFC 144.

On 23, 24 and 25 March, Japan's largest idol group AKB48 hosted their concert here to commemorate the start of their whole nation tour.

On May 10, 12 and 13, 2012 Lady Gaga performed three sold-out dates during her Born This Way Ball Tour to over 96,000 fans.

On August 25 and 26, 2012 the arena hosted Animelo Summer Live 2012 -infinity-.

On 11 and 12 January 2013, the British band Muse performed at the Saitama Super Arena, as a part of The 2nd Law World Tour. Due to tickets being sold out relatively fast, a second night was added.

On August 23,24 and 25 2013 the arena hosted Animelo Summer Live 2013 Flag 9.

On October 26 2013, Sound Horizon hosted their concert "Revo's Halloween Party" here after being absent for three years.

On February 8 and 9 2014, µ's from Love Live! performed their 4th live called [µ's -> NEXT LoveLive!2014 ~ENDLESS PARADE~].

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

On June 1st, 2014 country superstar Taylor Swift will make a stop on her Red Tour.

On June 15–30 2014, Elay Malinao Yu will perform in Japan on her 2014–2015 world tour.

On June 28–29 2014, nine-member K-Pop group Girls' Generation will perform for their Girls' Generation Japan 3rd Tour 2014.


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  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. ^
  4. ^ "福山雅治、さいたま&横浜公演の発売日決定" (in Japanese). 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  5. ^ "SIAM SHADE to hold another charity live in Saitama!". Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  6. ^ (Japanese) "LUNA SEA、チャリティ公演チケットが5分で完売". 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  7. ^ "ももクロZ、Xマスライブに大感激 単独初公演から1年で1万席完売" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2011-12-26. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  8. ^ "Hotei Tomoyasu celebrates his 50th birthday with a live performance". Retrieved 2012-02-18. 

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Preceded by
Conseco Fieldhouse
FIBA World Championship
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Sinan Erdem Dome