Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium '90-per-cent complete'
Tokyo 2020, the organising committee of next year's summer Olympic Games, announced today that the National Stadium, the centrepiece of the games, is 90-per-cent complete, and will officially open in December.
The $1.25-billion stadium, located in the centre of the Japanese capital, will be the scene of the opening ceremony on 24 July, and will also be the venue for track and field and some soccer events.
The organisers say they are planning events in December to inaugurate the new stadium, which was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.
The new stadium design was first awarded to Zaha Hadid, the late British architect, but eventually the futuristic design was scrapped by the government as the cost soared toward $2 billion.
Some 45,000 of the 60,000 permanent seats have already been installed, and the grass surface should be down by the end of the month. The all-weather track will be installed in August and September.
Including the stadium, Tokyo is building eight new venues for the Olympics.