Our 2016 delegates were treated to a special, behind-the-scenes tour of the host venue, the Yokohama Arena, on Day 1, and then on the final afternoon, the Nissan Stadium (Yokohama International Stadium) and the Yokohama International Swimming Pool:
Yokohama Arena – host venue for Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016
Situated in the heart of Yokohama’s new urban centre, Yokohama Arena is Japan’s premier multi-purpose venue. It is also one of the largest venues of its kind in the world, making it a very apt setting for our first Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event in Japan.
Within the 8,000m², 17,000-capacity arena, there are a range of spaces that can be customised to suit different needs and events, from concerts, shows, sports and martial arts events to conventions and exhibitions.
The arena utilises a multitude of state-of-the-art products, including 11,000 computer-controlled movable seats, a large four-screen projection system and a ceiling capable of suspending more than 100 tons.
As well as being able to tour this venue, attendees at this September’s must-attend conference and exhibition will be able to take advantage of special, behind-the-scenes tours of a number of the City of Yokohama’s key sporting venues, including:
Yokohama International Swimming Pool
Yokohama International Swimming Pool is one of the largest aquatic facilities in Japan and includes an internationally-approved swimming pool.
Nicknamed the “Water Arena”, the main pool is pretty unique, being able to transform into an arena for the winter season, when it becomes ‘home’ to the professional basketball team, Yokohama B-Corsairs.
The venue can also be used as tennis courts from November to March.
As one of the host venues for the 2002 FIFA World Cup™, the 72,327-seat Nissan Stadium boasts the largest spectator capacity in Japan.
All seats within the stadium are individually sectioned, with 90cm of space between rows, so that spectators can sit back and enjoy the game in comfort. And to ensure that spectators do not miss any of the drama, large screens have been installed to show instant replays, as well as the latest stats and scores. Additionally, the sound coming from the 528 loudspeakers adds emotion and excitement to the game.
Three quarters of the seating area is covered by a large roof, with a total length of 146m, which has both a movable and a static part. It can extend by as much as 5.5m, covering all of the press and VIP seats.