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Kamaishi Unosumai Memorial Stadium

【Stadium Establishment Overview】

◎Capacity: 6,000 permanent seats (approx. 16,000 seats during RWC2019)
◎Grounds Establishment: Main Grounds (hybrid natural turf)
approx. 11,000㎡ (approx. 130m x 80m)
◎Sub Grounds: approx. 10,000㎡ (approx. 120m x 78m)
◎Plaza: Site Area approx. 90,000㎡
◎(Permanent)Outdoor Restrooms:45stalls
◎Future Temporary Facilities Overview
・ Temporary Stands: approx. 10,000 seats (scheduled for June 2019 completion)
・ Temporary Restrooms: approx. 240 stalls
・ Large Video Screens: 2 (519in)
・ Field Lighting: 4 large vehicles
・ Room Establishment: Various unit houses, tents, etc.

◎Parking Lot: There will not be parking around the stadium for game day visitors.

【Establishing a Stadium Built on the Dreams, Hopes, and Courage of the Citizens】

Kamaishi applied to be a host city for the Rugby World Cup 2019™ Japan Tournament (the first time for the Cup to be held in Asia), as a symbol of its reconstruction efforts, and to provide the next generation of children with hope, dreams and courage; and was successfully selected as a host city in March of 2015. Among 12 host cities throughout the country, Kamaishi, which previously had no stadium venue, constructed the new Kamaishi Unosumai Memorial Stadium in aiming for recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster, based on the following goals.

①Eliminate the shortage of sports facilities in the affected Sanriku areas, and provide a place for prefectural citizens to gather and enjoy sports.
②Provide a place for various events (music, art, international exchange, etc.), as well as international and domestic sports competitions.
③Design a health and fitness facility that can be effectively utilized for medical welfare purposes.
④To convey the memory of the earthquake disaster, as well as disaster prevention wisdom.
⑤To convey the Rugby Japan Championship V7 & RWC legacy (heritage)
⑥To construct the Kamaishi Field Museum. (learning about natural environment, history and culture through outdoor activities)

【The Stage of Dreams, a Symbol of Disaster Prevention】

Kamaishi Higashi Junior High School & Kamaishi Unosumai Elementary School Sites
The symbolic location where over 600 elementary and junior high school students fled together

The evacuation of children, including those of the Unosumai Elementary and Higashi Junior High, in which they held hands and fled together during the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake disaster, was widely recognized throughout the world.
The Kamaishi Unosumai Memorial Stadium, which was built at the site of an elementary and junior high school, conveys the memories of the earthquake disaster, as well as Kamaishi's way of thinking towards disaster prevention.

【Stadium Characteristics】

◎Spreading wings after the earthquake, a new voyage

The roofing over the main stands was constructed to reflect bird feathers and ship sails, in expression of the spreading wings and new voyage of a new start aimed at reconstruction.
※Roof curtain is ~67m at longest part

◎A stadium to feel the natural atmosphere of Kamaishi

Utilizing trees (over 800 cedars) damaged during the Ozaki Peninsula forest fire in Kamaishi in May of 2017; 4,990 wooden seats, 108 benches, 2 restrooms, and sunblinds have been installed, offering hospitality to visitors from around the world among Kamaishi's unique nature-rich atmosphere.

◎A stadium to form bonds with people from other regions

Along with the establishment of the stadium, 600 blue seats donated from Kitakami (from the former National Stadium), Kumamoto Prefecture, and the Tokyo Dome, have been installed along the front row of the main stands, and are considered "bond seats," used to widely express gratitude for the support received from so many towards the completion of the stadium.

◎Offering the best ground conditions

The main grounds feature excellent durability, shock absorption, and maintainability, and by adopting the use of improved soil type hybrid natural turf, it provides the ground conditions necessary for the world's best performance. ※Kamaishi is the first venue in Japan to install improved soil type hybrid natural turf.

Evacuation route map

Emergency evacuation uring a tsunami

In the case of a tsunami warning alert, ill guide visitors to their designated evacuation site.
Please follow instructions from staff and evacu-ate calmly through the West Entrance if you are in the Yellow Stands (main stand centre and east side & side stand west side) or through the Main Entrance if you are in the Red Stands (main stand east side, side stand east side & back stand).