Plans revealed for elevated-pitch stadium in Fukushima

According to the Fukushima Minpo newspaper, the Football Stadium for Fukushima group, headed by the chairman of the Fukushima Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on Saturday revealed the plan and images for the new football stadium for the third division club, Fukushima United FC. The images show that the football pitch can be lifted up and down depending on the nature of the events that use the facility.

The football mode (pictured below) will see the pitch placed under the stands but for concerts and indoor sports such as basketball, the pitch would be elevated up to become a part of the roof structure (as shown above).

The capacity of the stadium will be at least 15,000 to meet the J-League requirement for promotion to the top flight. The proposal also states business and retail spaces as well as meeting facilities should be included in the facility to attract non-matchday events like conventions and exhibitions.

The group has yet to identify a potential site for the multi-purpose stadium but expects either the Fukushima city centre or somewhere close to a train station to provide easy access to fans.

Fukushima United’s current home stadium, the Toho Min’na-no Stadium, is an athletic stadium and does not have enough seats and floodlights, for instance, to obtain even the J2 (J-League second division) license criteria.

Images: Tohata Architects & Engineering

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