The opening of the Olympic Stadium is finally here

Tokyo’s new icon

The day is finally here. The opening of the Olympic Stadium or The National Stadium as the locals call it.

The construction of the venue has had its fair share of complications. The first sketches, unveiled in 2012 by the late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid were scrapped due to spiralling costs. Consequently, the design of the stadium was handed to a Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

Kuma’s design comprises of 7 floors, 2 below ground level and 5 above. He has included greenery planted decks around the stadium to provide shade from the sweltering Tokyo sun. One of the modifications requested to Kuma’s design was to lower the stadium from 70m to 47m as to not spoil the Tokyo skyline.

His initial design would have cost $850 million, but new figures reveal a cost of $1.4 billion.

Timber from all corners of Japan was used, to create a piece of unity.

During the Olympics the National Stadium can seat 60.000, thereafter the capacity will increase to 80.000.



The stadium’s inauguration is scheduled for 21 December 2019, an event labelled Hello, Our stadium.

The highlight of the day is a never seen before Relay Race. The star of the show is none other than the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres World Record holder Usain Bolt. The race will also feature 2 of the 2016 100m Paralympic Gold medallists in Jonnie Peacock and Hannah Cockroft.

Meanwhile a second wave of tickets have been allocated to the Japanese public. Many hotels reacted swiftly and increased their rates. Never before have hotel rooms been as expensive as for Tokyo 2020.

Khaya has secured blocks at several hotels and can still offer reasonably priced hotels and apartments located in central Tokyo.

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