Organisers of the Rally Japan leg of the World Rally Championship (WRC) have announced that Toyota Stadium in Aichi Prefecture will be utilised to host an all-new spectator stage during this year’s event.
Rally Japan returned to the WRC calendar last year, with Toyota Stadium then being used to host the start ceremony and ceremonial podium. However, the 45,000-seat venue is set to see increased action for 2023’s event, running from November 16-19.
The specially designed super special stage will welcome drivers once a day from Thursday to Saturday, engaging in head-to-head races on a circuit built inside the stadium.
The Rally Japan 2023 commission, which consists of representatives from Toyota City and Aichi Prefecture, have also announced a special ticketing offer for the Toyota Stadium events. EX Premium and EX Gold seats will include a ‘Course Walk’ that allows fans to walk the circuit inside Toyota Stadium, before the WRC stars arrive, along with providing sales of official merchandise and other special privileges.
These premium tickets will retail at ¥35,000 (£192/€223/$242) and ¥25,000 per day, respectively, with other tickets for adults priced at ¥15,000 and ¥4,000.
The Rally Japan experience in Toyota Stadium comes after Rally Greece employed a similar model for last year’s event. A stage inside Athens’ Olympic Stadium drew an attendance of 65,000.
This year, as the final round of the WRC season, Rally Japan will take in Toyota City, Okazaki City, Shinshiro City, and Shitara Town in Aichi Prefecture; and Ena City and Nakatsugawa City in Gifu Prefecture.