Yoyogi National Gymnasium

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Yoyogi National Gymnasium
Yoyogi National Gymnasium
Location 2-1, Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Owner Japan Sport Council
Capacity 13,291 (1st Gymnasium)
3,202 (2nd Gymnasium)
Broke ground 1963 Feb
Opened 1964 Oct
Architect Kenzo Tange

Yoyogi National Gymnasium (国立代々木競技場 Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyōgi-jō?) is an arena in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, Japan which is famous for its suspension roof design.

It was designed by Kenzo Tange and built between 1961 and 1964 to house swimming and diving events in the 1964 Summer Olympics. A separate annex was used for the basketball competition at those same games. It will also host handball competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics.[1] The design inspired Frei Otto's arena designs for the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.[2]

The arena holds 13,291 people (9,079 stand seats, 4,124 arena seats and 88 "royal box" seats) and is now primarily used for ice hockey, futsal and basketball. Images of the arena are regularly featured at the end of NHK Newsline broadcasts because the NHK World studios are adjacent to the arena along the edge of Yoyogi Park.


Interior of the Yoyogi National Gymnasium


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Coordinates: 35°40′03″N 139°42′01″E / 35.66750°N 139.70028°E / 35.66750; 139.70028