National Olympic Stadium (国立霞ヶ丘陸上競技場 Kokuritsu Kasumigaoka Rikujō Kyogijō?) or National Stadium is a stadium in Kasumigaoka, in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, that served as the main stadium for the 1964 Summer Olympics and will serve this function again in the 2020 Summer Olympics. It is currently the stadium where the Japan national football team's home matches and major football club cup finals are held.
After Tokyo submitted their bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics, there has been talk of possibly renovating or reconstructing the National Olympic Stadium. The stadium could host the opening and closing ceremonies as well as track and field events. It was confirmed in February 2012 that the Stadium would receive a $1 billion upgrade for the 2019 Rugby World Cup as well as the 2020 Olympics bid.
In November 2012, renderings of the new national stadium were revealed. The new national stadium will be built to a design by architect Zaha Hadid. It is planned that the existing stadium is to be demolished in 2015 and the new one completed in March 2019. The stadium will be Tokyo 2020 venue for athletics, rugby and certain football finals, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.
In addition to the 1964 Summer Olympics, the stadium has held many other significant events, most notably the 1991 World Athletics Championships, the Mirage Bowl (college football) games from 1976-1993, and the Intercontinental Cup (Toyota Cup) from 1980-2001. As the National Stadium of Japan, it is the venue for the final game of the Emperor's Cup on New Year's Day, and the J. League Cup in November, as well as the Fuji Xerox Cup in the end of February or early March, every year. It is also the venue, every year in early January, for the semifinals and final of the All Japan High School Soccer Tournament, which is commonly known as Winter Kokuritsu.
The stadium's official capacity is currently 57,363, but the real capacity is only 48,000 seats. Rugby games are also played at this venue, including the annual university rugby semi-finals and finals, as the nearby Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium's capacity is insufficient for the number of student fans the event attracts. As of 2012, only four music bands have performed at the National Stadium: Dreams Come True, SMAP, Arashi, and L'Arc-en-Ciel