Hanazono Rugby Stadium

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Higashiosaka Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Kintetsu Hanazono rugby stadium.jpg
Hanazono on a very overcast day
Former names Hanazono Rugby Stadium (1929–Before WWII)
Hanazono Training Field (During WWII)
Hanazono Rugby Stadium (After WWII–1982)
Location Higashiosaka, Osaka, Japan
Coordinates 34°40′8.2″N 135°37′35″E / 34.668944°N 135.62639°E / 34.668944; 135.62639Coordinates: 34°40′8.2″N 135°37′35″E / 34.668944°N 135.62639°E / 34.668944; 135.62639
Owner City of Higashiosaka
Capacity 30,000
Surface Grass
Scoreboard Yes
Opened November 22, 1929 (1929-11-22)
Expanded 1991
Kintetsu Liners
All-Japan Rugby Football Championship
All-Japan University Rugby Championship
Kansai University Rugby Football League
National High School Rugby Tournament
Official website

The Higashiosaka Hanazono Rugby Stadium[1] (東大阪市花園ラグビー場, Kintetsu Hanazono Ragubī-jō) in Higashiosaka is the oldest dedicated rugby union stadium in Japan. There is next to Hanazono Central Park (花園中央公園, hanazono chūō kōen). Owned by city of Higashiosaka, it opened in 1929 and has a capacity of 30,000.[2] It is the stage for the annual National High School Rugby Tournament held every year at the end of December and has hosted important international, Top League games.

Hanazono is the home of the Kintetsu Liners rugby union team.

The stadium has been selected as one of the venues for 2019 Rugby World Cup (Japan) which will be the first Rugby World Cup to be held in Asia.[3]

World record[edit]

On May 14, 2006 Daisuke Ohata broke the record for the most overall tries in test matches at Hanazono with a hat trick for Japan against Georgia. The previous record holder was David Campese.

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