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In Pictures: Stadium For Next Summer's Olympic Games Looks Fantastic

In Pictures: Stadium For Next Summer's Olympic Games Looks Fantastic

220 days and counting. The Olympic Games in Tokyo are creeping up fast and excitement is naturally building. And that excitement will only continue to ratchet up after photos of the new national stadium were released.

As well as holding track-and-field events the 68,000-seater stadium will also host the opening and closing ceremonies. In total, the construction project is reported to have cost 157 billion yen (€1.3 billion).

A launch event featuring Usain Bolt takes places this Saturday when the venue will be opened to the public for the first time since it was completed, before preparations continue ahead of next summer.

The Games will start on July 24 next summer, before concluding on August 9. The Paralympic Games will then take centre-stage, running from August 25 to September 6.

After next year's event, the stadium will host home games for the national Japanese football side.

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