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Nearly 90% complete, New National Stadium unveiled to media in Tokyo

The mostly complete New National Stadium is seen under construction in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on July 3, 2019. (Mainichi/Masahiro Ogawa)

TOKYO -- The grand interior space of the nearly 90% complete New National Stadium, set to be the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, was unveiled to members of the media on July 3.

According to stadium operator the Japan Sport Council (JSC), the roof shading the stands, which was expected to make construction work difficult, has been entirely finished. The rest of the work is expected to be complete by the end of November.

On Dec. 21, an event featuring athletes and artists is scheduled to be performed in front of a paying audience.

More than 35,000 of the planned 60,000 seats, colored and arranged to look like sunshine filtering through leaves, have been installed as the work on the field and interior has advanced. The grass will be put on the field after the middle of July, and work on the track will start in August.

Areas around the stadium have been paved with concrete and there are plans to plant 48,000 trees in 130 varieties.

(Japanese original by Kazuhiro Tahara, Sports News Department)

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