Aichi Prefecture has unveiled the masterplan for a new municipal indoor arena complex to be built within the Meijo Park in Nagoya.

According to the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, the new complex will cover 43,000 square metres and will be 2.5 times larger than Nagoya’s Dolphins Arena.

The complex’s Main Arena, to be used for professional basketball B-League games amongst other events, will cover 4,500 square metres and have up to 15,000 seats while a smaller 1,500-square-metre arena and a separate multi-purpose hall of the same size will also be incorporated into the design.

The prefecture has estimated the construction cost to be in the region of JPY30bn (£219m/€245m/$275m), with the private sector financing the development.

It is hoped that ground-breaking will take place in 2022, with 2025 tagged as a provisional completion date ahead of the 2026 Asian Games in Nagoya.

With a capacity of 15,000, the main arena will be the second largest indoor venue in Japan, second only to the 27,000-seat Saitama Super Arena.

Sumo wrestling’s Nagoya tournament will also benefit with the new arena expected to have 11,000 seats for the Grand Sumo tournament, a significant increase from the current 8,300 seats at the Dolphins Arena.

Hideaki Ohmura, the Governor of Aichi Prefecture, said: “With 15,000 fixed seats, the new municipal arena will allow us to host major events and international sporting tournaments, and I truly believe it will be a fantastic arena to represent the whole country.”

The fate of the Dolphins Arena, which was built on the former Ninomaru Goten site near the Nagoya Castle in 1964, has been a topic of debate for a number of years.

Image: Aichi Prefecture

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