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.
We must tell you all about the big day out #Miraitowa and #Someity had at the #Tokyo2020 Olympic Stadium. 🏟️
They got to experience the beautiful exterior, what it's like to be a spectator and even got to go on the track!!
Stay tuned all day as we share more amazing photos! 😍 pic.twitter.com/TB2vOsiipI
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) December 16, 2019
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) December 15, 2019
The Olympic stadium is 🔥😎
What an incredible venue‼️
This is a place where records will be broken, legends will be made and the world's best will be crowned! 🥇#Tokyo2020
2⃣2⃣5⃣ Days To Go! @Olympics pic.twitter.com/pnPTBLUBj1
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) December 12, 2019