With an estimated cost almost 170 billion yen more than what was originally cited in Tokyo’s bid, Japan’s stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games may have to be scaled down.
Olympics minister Hakubun Shimomura announced the news on Wednesday, but this isn’t the first time the size of the stadium as been an issue. Some Japanese architects have said that the current plan to expand the stadium from 54,000 seats to 80,000 would create an unnecessarily large eyesore, not to mention necessitating the destruction of numerous trees in the Tokyo area.
Yukio Yamamoto, a member of the Sports and Youth bureau, explained:
The minister meant two things – that while guaranteeing the stadium has the needed facilities and scale to host the Olympics, the building could be made smaller, more compact.
Basically the changes would be to make the stadium the ‘correct’ size, it would not be of a size that would make it impossible to host the Olympics. It’s a matter of making it the right size and the right cost (Reuters).
A proposed workable solution would be to reduce the space devoted to exhibits so as to maintain the desired seating capacity while decreasing the overall size of the stadium.