Take a look inside Tokyo 2020’s recently completed National Stadium

Check out Tokyo 2020’s centrepiece stadium, which will stage the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as the athletics and football  

By Michael Hincks

Tokyo’s National Stadium has officially been completed eight months before the Opening Ceremony kicks off the Summer Olympics 2020.

Construction of Tokyo 2020’s centrepiece was finished in November, and the keys were handed over to the Japan Sport Council on Saturday.

“We are very pleased that construction of the stadium – a key symbol of the Tokyo 2020 Games – has now been completed,” Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said in a statement.

The 60,000-capacity stadium will host both the athletics and football as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, with Tokyo 2020 taking place from July 24 to August 9.

Tokyo's new National Stadium from the outside (©Japan Sport Council)

"It makes us realise just how close we are getting to the start of the Games.

We are so looking forward to seeing athletes from all over the world marching into the new stadium at the Opening Ceremony... when the eyes of the world will be on this iconic symbol of the Tokyo 2020 Games - Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto

An overall view of Tokyo's National Stadium (©Japan Sport Council)

It will also house the athletics and both ceremonies of the Paralympic Games, which runs from August 25 to September 6, 2020.

Meanwhile, Usain Bolt is expected to headline the grand opening of the National Stadium on December 21.

The stadium will also stage the final of the Emperor's Cup - Japan's national football cup tournament - on New Year's Day.

A look inside Tokyo's new National Stadium 

When will the Olympics be held in Japan?

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place from Friday, 24 July to Sunday, 9 August.

Click here to read our day-by-day guide of Tokyo 2020.

The National Stadium will open and close Tokyo 2020 


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