NAGOYA -- The Aichi Prefectural Government announced on Feb. 17 a plan for a new prefectural gymnasium here in Meijo Park. According to the proposal, the new gymnasium will be designed by famous architect Kengo Kuma and is expected to open in the summer of 2025, in advance of the 20th Asian Games Aichi-Nagoya 2026.
The new gymnasium will have a total floor space of about 58,000 square meters -- 3.4 times the size of the current facility -- and will be able to host 17,000 people, which is 2.3 times its present capacity, making it one of the largest in Japan. The audience seats in the main arena are a combination of oval-shaped seats suitable for sporting events and horseshoe-shaped seats suitable for concerts.
Kuma, who designed the new national stadium in Tokyo, planned the exterior of the gymnasium to look like a park surrounded by trees, illuminated by sunlight shining through them.
On the same day, the prefectural government decided on a group of companies that will construct and operate the facility, using the Private Finance Initiative method that utilizes the know-how of the private sector. The corporate group will consist of eight companies, led by Maeda Corporation and NTT Docomo Inc. Docomo's state-of-the-art information and communication technology will be used to improve the audience's experience.
(Japanese original by Atsuko Ota, Nagoya News Center)