Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
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|Location||Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan|
|Owner||Tokyo Metropolitan Government|
|Toray Pan Pacific Open (1984-2007)|
Coordinates: Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium (東京体育館 Tōkyō Taiikukan?) is a world-class sporting complex in Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Built in 1954 for the World Wrestling Championship, it was also used as the venue for gymnastics at the 1964 Summer Olympics, and will host the table tennis competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics. The gymnasium was rebuilt to a futuristic design created by Pritzker Prize winner Fumihiko Maki and completed in 1991.
Description and events
The main arena includes a large indoor arena that hosts national and international sporting events. The arena holds 10,000 people (6,000 fixed, 4,000 temporary). An incomplete list of events held in the arena include:
- WTA Toray Pan Pacific Tennis Championships were held every February here, but from 2008 it has been held in the Ariake Coliseum;
- Japan Table Tennis Championships;
- Suntory Cup All Japan School Volleyball Rally;
- Aeon Cup World Rhythmic Gymnastics Club Championships;
- Karate Championships; as the World Shinkyokushin Karate Championship -held every four years-;
- Miki Prune Super College Volleyball.
- 2007 World Figure Skating Championships
- 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
Since 2000, the arena has also been used as a concert venue. The first artist to perform there was the Japanese group Porno Graffitti.
The sub-arena houses an olympic size (50mX20m, eight lanes) swimming pool with seating for 900 people. The Japan Waterpolo Championships is held here. There is also a 25m pool (25mX13m, 6 lanes), an outdoor oval running track; a weight training room, and conference rooms.
Since April 1, 2006, the Tokyo Lifelong Learning and Culture Foundation (東京都生涯学習文化財団), along with Suntory (サントリー株式会社), Tipness (株式会社ティップネス) and O-ence (株式会社オーエンス), manage the gymnasium.
Presently, the training gym area and pool areas are undergoing renovations. April 1, 2013, the renovations are to be completed.
From June 1, 2006, the fees for use of the facilities will be:
- training gym/2 hours: 450 yen
- pool/2 hours 600 yen:
- pool (junior high school students and younger)/2 hours: 260 yen
- training gym and pool/2 hours: 1000 yen
- training gym, pool and dance studio/1 day: 2500 yen
- one month pass: 7800 yen
Mon-Fri: 9h00 - 23h00 Sat: 9h00 - 22h00 Sun: 9h00 - 21h00
- "Venue Plan". Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- 1964 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. Part 1. pp. 120–1.
- Official Site
- Satellite photo of the gymnasium from Google Maps
- Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium at Archiplanet
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