Members of the IOC Coordination Commission reviewed the National Stadium, the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza and the Equestrian Park as part of their sixth visit to the Japanese capital. Olympic fans from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympic Modern Pentathlon fans can book Olympic Modern Pentathlon Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.
The National Stadium, the centerpiece of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, will host Opening Ceremonies and athletics, while Musashino a multi-purpose indoor venue will stage badminton and the fencing opening round of the modern pentathlon competition.
Dressage and show-jumping are housed at the Equestrian Park venue here, with the cross-country section of the occasion taking place at Sea Forest. Equestrian competitions were initially going to be held at Dream Island on Tokyo Bay before the IOC approved a request from Tokyo to switch the venue to the Equestrian Park at Baji Koen in March 2015.
Coates also visited the Sea Forest facilities, including the rowing and canoe sprint courses, earlier this week and described the progress there as “very good”. The Australian singled out the cross-country place at Sea Forest for special praise, claiming the capability is spectacular and will form a great heritage for Tokyo as it will be turned into an open park after the decision of the Games.
Coates said “the Equestrian Park location, which is presently under construction was a very, very impressive” venue.
It is pleasing to us that it is on the site of the 1964 venue for these two disciplines. I think you should all be very proud of this venue. We went to the Tokyo Ground and Musashino and it is a wonderful venue. I went to Sea Forest and saw the work on the new rowing course and saw what they are doing there.
The development there is very good as well but what was spectacular was the work on the cross-country course. This is zone that is being remediated and will become a park afterward. It will be outstanding for the horses and the riders and this is a perfect park for the people of Tokyo and I think it is a great addition.
The National Ground is scheduled to be completed by November 2019. The Ground has been a major awkwardness for Tokyo Olympic organizers, with the saga starting when the primary design by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid was axed due to rising costs.
A cheaper design by Kengo Kuma was then selected as the replacement, but he has been embroiled in a plagiarism row with Hadid claiming that his effort has “significant similarities” with hers – allegations which he denied. It was formerly due to stage matches at next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan but that plan was argued as it will not be ready in time.