Misaki Park Stadium

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NOEVIR Stadium Kobe
ノエビアスタジアム神戸
Inside View of Kobe Wing Stadium.jpg
Full name NOEVIR Stadium Kobe[1]
Former names Kobe Wing Stadium (2001-2007)
Home's Stadium Kobe (2007-2013)
Address 1-2-2 Misaki-Cho, Hyōgo-ku, Kobe, Japan
Coordinates 34°39′24.15″N 135°10′8.27″E / 34.6567083°N 135.1689639°E / 34.6567083; 135.1689639Coordinates: 34°39′24.15″N 135°10′8.27″E / 34.6567083°N 135.1689639°E / 34.6567083; 135.1689639
Owner Kobe City
Operator Kobe Wing Stadium Co.,Ltd.
Type Stadium
Capacity 30,132[2]
Field size 105 x 68 m
Field shape Square
Surface Grass
Opened [3]
Tenants
Vissel Kobe (J. League)
INAC Kobe Leonessa (Nadeshiko League)
Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers (Top League)

The Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium (神戸市御崎公園球技場?), also known as The Noevir Stadium Kobe (ノエビアスタジアム神戸?), is a football stadium in Misaki Park, Hyogo-ku, Kobe, Japan. The stadium has a capacity of 30,132. This stadium, which features a retractable roof, is the home ground of J1 League club Vissel Kobe and the rugby union Top League team Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers.

In 1970, Kobe Central Stadium (神戸市立中央競技場?) was opened at the site of the Kobe Keirin Track. It was the first football stadium in Japan to be able to host games at night following the installation of night lighting.

2002 FIFA World Cup[edit]

In order to host the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the stadium was renovated to install a removable roof and increase spectator capacity. It was opened under the name Kobe Wing Stadium in November 2001 with a capacity of 42,000.

Date Team 1 Res. Team 2 Round
2002-06-05  Russia 2-0  Tunisia Group H
2002-06-07  Sweden 2-1  Nigeria Group F
2002-06-17  Brazil 2-0  Belgium Round of 16

Reopened in 2003 with a reduced capacity of 32,000 Kobe Wing Stadium became the home of the Vissel Kobe football club.

2019 Rugby World Cup[edit]

The stadium has been announced as one of the venues for 2019 Rugby World Cup which will be the first Rugby World Cup to be held in Asia.[4]

Naming rights[edit]

In February 2007, Next Co., Ltd. (the owner of the real estate website "Home's") purchased the naming rights to the stadium from the city of Kobe for three years at a sum of 70 million yen per year. The stadium was renamed "Home's Stadium Kobe" on March 1, 2007, and the contract was renewed for a further three years in January 2010.[5]

In 2012, the city of Kobe sought tenders for a new naming sponsor. Kobe-based cosmetics company Noevir was the only bidder, and in February 2013, the city announced the conclusion of a three-year contract for the sum of 65 million yen per year. The stadium became known as Noevir Stadium Kobe on 1 March 2013.[6]

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