Yoyogi National Gymnasium

Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan, Kenzo Tange
Construction year: 1964
Address: 2-1, Jinnan, Shibuya | TOKYO | Japan
Latitude/Longitude: 35.6675, 139.7

Yoyogi National Gymnasium is an arena in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, Japan which is famous for its suspension roof design.

It was designed by Kenzo Tange and built between 1961 and 1964 to house swimming and diving events in the 1964 Summer Olympics. The design inspired Frei Otto””s arena designs for the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.

The arena holds 13,291 people (9,079 stand seats, 4,124 arena seats and 88 “royal box” seats) and is now primarily used for ice hockey and basketball.

In October 1997, the NHL opened its season at the arena with the Vancouver Canucks taking on the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in two matches. The following season the San Jose Sharks played the Calgary Flames in two games also to open the 1998–99 NHL season.

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