Kumagaya Rugby Ground

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Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
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LocationJapan Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan
Coordinates36°10′06″N 139°24′09″E / 36.168250°N 139.402444°E / 36.168250; 139.402444
OwnerSaitama Prefecture
OperatorSaitama Prefecture
Capacity30,000 (Rugby World Cup)[1]
24,000 (permanent)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Expanded2018
Construction cost¥12.4 billion (Expansion in 2018[2])
ArchitectShimizu Corporation
MHS Planners, Architects & Engineers Ltd. (Expansion)
Tenants
Panasonic Wild Knights (1991-present)
Top League (2003-present)
2019 Rugby World Cup
National High School Rugby Tournament (Saitama Prefecture Qualification)

Kumagaya Rugby Stadium (熊谷ラグビー場), is a rugby stadium in Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan. It is currently used mostly for rugby union matches. The stadium was built in 1991 and renovated between 2016 and 2018. Its capacity expanded from 20,000 (10,000 seated) to 24,000 people (fully seated).

The stadium is part of a larger sports complex which includes the Kumagaya Athletic Stadium, a smaller athletics stadium and a large arena. The complex is located in the Kumagaya Park.

Uses[edit]

It is the main stadium for rugby in the Saitama Prefecture, and serves as the home stadium of Top League club Panasonic Wild Knights. It is also used for University League games and sometimes also for other Top League games.

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] 6,000 temporary seats will be added to increase the stadium capacity.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "熊谷スポーツ文化公園ラグビーワールドカップ2019に向けた熊谷ラグビー場の改修工事がスタートします!" (in Japanese). Saitama Prefecture. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  2. ^ "来月から熊谷ラグビー場改修工事 完成は30年8月予定". 産経新聞. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  3. ^ "World Rugby approves revised Japan 2019 hosting roadmap". World Rugby. Retrieved 22 October 2015.

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