Saga Shimbun has reported that the City of Tosu in Saga Prefecture announced that the Best Amenity Stadium, the home stadium of the J-League Division 1 football side Sagantosu, will be repainted in sky blue and pink, affectionately known as Sagan Blue and Sagan Pink, reflecting the club’s symbolic colours.
According to the city, the venue will be the first Japanese stadium to be fully painted in a football club’s team colours.
The cost of painting will be covered by the club’s sponsor, Cygames, a Tokyo-based smartphone game production company, and the company’s managing director Aisaku Chikaishi was at the announcement with the Tosu Mayor Yasushi Hashimoto as well as Shuzo Tanimura, Director of Sagan Dreams, an operating company of Sagantosu. Chikaishi said: “The pillars of the stadium poking through the sky will be painted in pink as they will represent both the city and Sagantosu ascending towards the zenith of success.”
Best Amenity Stadium was built in 1996 and has a capacity of approximately 25,000. The repainting contract was finalised last month, and the stadium will have its new look in June next year. Cygames will use the country’s Hometown Tax Contribution Program for Enterprises and will donate the total cost of JPY686m (approx. £4.65m) to the city to pay for the work.
Cygames’ official website also notes that a short movie (below) in which the stadium and the surrounding area are recreated in “high-quality 3D models”, created with the same technology Cygames uses in its game products, was also released to show how the stadium will look upon completion of the work.
Sagantosu earlier this week boosted their profile after signing former Spain forward Fernando Torres for 18 months, with an option to extend the contract for another year.
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