Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Magazine

Spacing Out


CLIENT: Saitama Prefecture

ARCHITECT: Nikken Sekkei, Tokyo; Ellerbe Becket, Kansas City, Mo.

BUILDING TYPE: Multi-use sports arena

It figures that space-constrained Japan would be the site for an unusually versatile "super arena" that can snugly accommodate a basketball game drawing 5,000 fans, then be quickly expanded into a football stadium seating 30,000. At the heart of the 500,000-square-foot "smart" arena in Saitama, a suburb north of Tokyo, is a moveable block of 9,200 seats, plus lavatories, concessions, and walkways. The seats can be shifted 230 feet in just 20 minutes, expanding or contracting the arena as needed. Throughout the stadium are also clusters of retractable seats, giving the place the flexibility to host everything from trade shows to rock concerts to a visit from the U.S. basketball "Dream Team" en route to the Sydney Olympics.


LIMITED-TIME OFFER SUBSCRIBE NOW
 
blog comments powered by Disqus