According to MRT Miyazaki Broadcasting, Tegevajaro Miyazaki have decided to build a new stadium in the coastal town of Shintomi, located directly north of Miyazaki City which, as the name suggests, is the capital of Miyazaki Prefecture.

Tegevajaro was promoted to the Japan Football League (JFL), the fourth tier of the nation’s football league pyramid, from the Kyushu Regional League at the end of last year, and are one of the clubs vying for the promotion spots to the fully professional J-League. Miyazaki Prefecture, despite having two clubs in the JFL now, remains to be the only prefecture in Kyushu without a J-League club.

To gain promotion from the JFL to the third-tier J3 League, Tegevajaro need to secure an average attendance of 2,000 per home game, finish fourth or higher in the league table, and secure a home stadium that meets the J3 club license criteria, a facility that Miyzakaki Prefecture currently do not have. The stadium criteria for the J-League promotion requires a minimum of 5,000 seats (J3), 10,000 seats (J2), and 15,000 seats (J1) respectively along with other facility-related conditions such as the roof, natural grass pitch, number of toilets, etc. The club currently play most of their home games at the Fujimi Park Athletic Field (pictured), with a capacity of only 1,000, in Tsuno Town, located some 40km north east of Miyazaki City.

The club, after carefully examining available options, selected Shintomi Town, which also had plans to redevelop an empty land into a football field, as the site for their new stadium.

Kazuhiro Yanagita, the club’s representative, said: “The stadium is a mandatory requirement if we are to gain the J-League club license, and Shintomi Town came up with the best offer within the limited timeline assumed for earliest promotion to the J-League.

We will do our best in our promotions and campaigns to get the message across to everyone in Miyazaki that there is a local football club they can follow and support.”

The Town has bought an area with the size of 183,000 square metres which is within a ten-minute walk to a railway station and shopping arcade and is right next to Route 10 for JPY527.1m (approx. £3.58m). The stadium will require approx. 43,000-square-metre patch of land within this acquired area, and the club hope to fund the project with some financial support from the sponsors. The Town is also planning to develop a football park with artificial pitches, and retail outlets selling locally sourced and processed products, around the stadium.

Shinya Hiejima, Head of Town Development Promotion at the Shintomi Town Hall, said: “The Town will build the stadium for Tegevajaro and football centre for the local community, all within the Town’s sports park area.

“By providing these facilities, we hope Shintomi Town will become Miyazaki’s new home of football. If successful, we’ll then see businesses grow in the area, and that will create jobs and therefore attract younger generations to move in and hopefully encourage them to spend the rest of their lives in Shintomi.”

Image: Tegevajaro Miyazaki

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