Thursday, January 14, 2010

Japan has 13 possible venues for World Cup

Japan has 13 prospective venues should the country win the right to host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cups, the country's bid leaders have announced. The Japan Football Association plans to use nine of the 10 venues from the 2002 World Cup which the country co-hosted with South Korea. Tokyo, which did not host matches at the 2002 tournament, has put forward two stadiums with another in Toyota, near Nagoya, and another on the outskirts of Osaka.

New FIFA rules require World Cup host countries to build a stadium with a minimum capacity of 80,000 for the opening game and final. Yokohama, venue for the 2002 World Cup final, has Japan's biggest stadium with a capacity of 70,000. Osaka is planning to build an 80,000-seater venue to solve the problem.

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