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Saitama Stadium 2002: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

The stadium was completed in 2002, and was used as the main venue for the World Cup.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Friday, 01.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The stadium was built in the city of Saitama, just north of Tokyo and was completed in 2002. The stadium is designed to be used for both football and rugby matches and can seat up to 50,000 people. Saitama Stadium was built in 2002 as a venue for the 2002 World Cup. Plans for the new stadium were first made in 1990s on the condition that Japan would get to host the World Cup, which was confirmed in 1996. The stadium was built just north of Tokyo, in the city of Saitama. The stadium is designed to be used for both football and rugby matches and can seat up to 50,000 people. Construction of the stadium started in 1998 and it was completed just over three years later. Saitama Stadium officially opened on 6 October 2001 and the first match, a league match between the Urawa Reds and Yokohama F Marinos, was played one week later.

The 2002 World Cup was held in Saitama Stadium and it hosted three group matches and the semi-final between Brazil and Turkey.

Recently, the Japanese national team has been using the stadium more often to play international matches.

How to get to Saitama Stadium

The Saitama Stadium 2002 is located in east of the city of Saitama and it is close to the planned development area. The stadium was built in 2002 and it has a capacity of approximately 36,000 people. You can best reach the stadium by taking a train to Urawa Misono Station, which is located a 15-minute walk south-east of the stadium.

Urawa Misono Station is served by trains from the Saitama Rapid Railway. The Saitama Rapid Railway can be boarded at Akabane Iwabuchi, which is the last stop on the Nanbuko line of the Tokyo metro. From Tokyo Station, catch a KR Keihin-Tohoku line train to Oji and change to the Nanbuko line. The complete journey will take between 45 and 60 minutes.

On match days, shuttle buses run from the train station to the stadium from three hours before the match. After the match, you need to walk back to the station.

Address: 500 Nakanoda, Midori-ku, Saitama City, Saitama, 336-0972

Urawa Red Diamonds Tickets

Tickets for Urawa Red Diamonds games can be bought online (or at a physical store), through Pia, Eplus, or HMV. They can also be bought at a 7-Eleven, FamilyMart, Pia, Ministop, Circle K, or Lawson convenience store. Matchday tickets can also be bought on the day of the match at the gates of the stadium. Urawa Reds? attendance is the highest in the league, but due to its high capacity, it will rarely sell out.

Ticket prices typically start at $2000, with prices for reserved seating ranging between $2,400 and $4,800. Prices are $500 more expensive if bought on the day.

Relevant Internet links

The official website of Urawa Red Diamonds is urawarediamonds.co.jp, while the official website for Saitama Stadium 2002 is stadium2002.com. Finally, the tourist information website Sainokuni-kanko.jp provides information about the city of Saitama.

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