Yokohama Arena

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Yokohama Arena
Yokohama Arena 2013.jpg
Main entrance
Location 3-10 Shin-Yokohama, Konan-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Coordinates 35°30′44.60″N 139°37′12.20″E / 35.5123889°N 139.6200556°E / 35.5123889; 139.6200556Coordinates: 35°30′44.60″N 139°37′12.20″E / 35.5123889°N 139.6200556°E / 35.5123889; 139.6200556
Owner Yokohama Arena Corp.
Capacity 17,000
Construction
Opened April 1, 1989
Architect Takenaka Corporation

Yokohama Arena (横浜アリーナ Yokohama Arīna?) is an indoor arena located in Yokohama, Japan. The capacity of the arena is 17,000 and was opened in 1989. The arena was modeled after US sports venue Madison Square Garden in New York City. It is a five-minute walk from the closest subway station, Shin-Yokohama Station on the JR/Yokohama Municipal Subway.

As one of the largest concert venues in the Kantō region, it is a frequent location for artists to end their tours. The spacious stage allows for more complex set design and lighting, but the reasonable size makes it easier to sell out than the Tokyo Dome.

2011 Tōhoku Earthquake/Tsunami Relief[edit]

After the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and resulting tsunami, Yokohama played host as an emergency shelter for those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Citizens were allowed the stay the night, and were offered blankets and other amenities. Hideharu Terada, a Yokohama Arena official stated "There has never been a big earthquake like this. [...] People are trickling in. They are all calm."[1]

History[edit]

The Yohohama Arena was opened on April 1, 1989. At the exact day was held the opening celebration concert where performed renowned Japanese singer-songwriter Yumi Matsutoya, and the three upcoming days were additional dates of her concert tour. Many notable Japanese music acts performed at the arena, alphabetically: B'z, Gackt, Glay, Ayumi Hamasaki, Hide, Ikimono-gakari, L'Arc-en-Ciel, Luna Sea, Morning Musume, Mr. Children, One Ok Rock Southern All Stars, Hikaru Utada, as well humanoid projection Hatsune Miku. International artists also performed there, like Paula Abdul or Steve Winwood and Kpop groups Big Bang, 2NE1, TVXQ and CNBlue.

Besides music events, there was held a martial arts competition, K-1 World Grand Prix Final in 2008.

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