Tokyo unveils heat-busting stadium seven months before Olympics
Unveiling the main Olympic Stadium
Tokyo formally unveiled its 60,000-seater main Olympic Stadium Sunday, more than seven months before the 2020 Opening Ceremony -- with a host of special features to beat the feared heat. Built on the site of the former national stadium used for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, it has five floors above ground and two below, with greenery planted on the decks to provide shade from the scorching summer sun.
PM Abe lauds the "top- level" design
The eaves around the outer perimeter keep out sunlight and rain and will help channel breeze into the stadium. There are also eight mist spraying facilities, 185 fans and 16 air-conditioned lounges. Opening the facility, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hailed its "top-level universal design" and "harmony with its surrounding environment."
Within the budget
Total construction costs including design and supervising fees came to 156.9 billion yen ($1.45 billion), within the budget, according to officials. The stadium will see its first sporting action on December 21 when former sprint champion Usain Bolt will take the track for a special exhibition relay. The first competitive action there will be the Emperor's Cup football final on New Year's Day.