Hitomebore Stadium Miyagi

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Hitomebore Stadium Miyagi
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Former namesMiyagi Stadium (2000-2014; 2020)
LocationRifu, Miyagi, Japan
Coordinates38°20′07.41″N 140°57′01.51″E / 38.3353917°N 140.9504194°E / 38.3353917; 140.9504194
OwnerMiyagi Prefecture
Capacity49,133
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1996
OpenedMarch 2000
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Hitomebore Stadium Miyagi (ひとめぼれスタジアム宮城, Hitomebore Sutajiamu Miyagi) (formerly Miyagi Stadium, renamed on April 1, 2014 for naming rights), is an athletic and football stadium in the town of Rifu in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. The stadium's capacity is 49,133. The crescent-shaped roof extending past the edge of the stadium is meant to evoke images of Date Masamune, a daimyō of Mutsu Province, which included the present-day Miyagi Prefecture.

Miyagi Stadium hosted three matches in the 2002 World Cup, and also hosted the 56th National Sports Festival of Japan in 2001. It is one of the planned football venues for the 2020 Summer Olympics.[1]

In addition, Miyagi Stadium also hosted six matches at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and it would become the first stadium (and to date the only stadium) to have hosted matches at both a men's FIFA World Cup and a women's FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The football field is surrounded by a nine-lane track. A large video screen and scoreboard is installed in the northern end.

2002 FIFA World Cup matches[edit]

Date Team 1 Res. Team 2 Round
9 June 2002 Mexico Mexico 2–1 Ecuador Ecuador Group G
12 June 2002 Sweden Sweden 1–1 Argentina Argentina Group F
18 June 2002 Japan Japan 0–1 Turkey Turkey Round of 16

2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup matches[edit]

Date Team 1 Res. Team 2 Round
19 August 2012 New Zealand New Zealand 2–1 Switzerland Switzerland Group A
19 August 2012 Japan Japan 4–1 Mexico Mexico Group A
22 August 2012 Mexico Mexico 2–0 Switzerland Switzerland Group A
22 August 2012 Japan Japan 2–2 New Zealand New Zealand Group A
27 August 2012 Germany Germany 3–0 United States United States Group D
27 August 2012 Norway Norway 4–1 Argentina Argentina Group C

Other notable events[edit]

Besides the game against Turkey, Miyagi Stadium has hosted three friendly matches involving the Japanese national football team: A 1-1 draw against Slovakia on June 11, 2000, a 5-4 victory against Honduras on September 7, 2005, and a 2-4 loss against Uruguay on August 14, 2013. J. League club Vegalta Sendai has held home games at Miyagi Stadium, and pop-music group SMAP has held two outdoor concerts at the venue as well.

Access[edit]

Rifu Station is the closest train station, although it is nearly 3.5 kilometers from the stadium. For major events, bus transportation is usually available from Izumi-Chūō and Sendai Stations. Before the World Cup, a spur from the Sanriku Expressway was built, which provided easier access for travellers by car from Tokyo and other locales.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Venue Plan". Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee. Archived from the original on 27 July 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°20′07″N 140°57′01″E / 38.33528°N 140.95028°E / 38.33528; 140.95028