Miyagi Stadium

For the baseball stadium, see Rakuten Kobo Stadium Miyagi.
Miyagi Stadium
Location Rifu, Miyagi, Japan
Coordinates 38°20′07.41″N 140°57′01.51″E / 38.3353917°N 140.9504194°E / 38.3353917; 140.9504194
Owner Miyagi Prefecture
Capacity 49,133
Surface Grass
Broke ground 1996
Opened March 2000

Miyagi Stadium (宮城スタジアム Miyagi Sutajiamu) is an athletic and football stadium in the town of Rifu in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. The stadium's capacity is 49,133. The crescent-shaped roof extending past the edge of the stadium is meant to evoke images of Date Masamune, a Daimyo of Mutsu Province, which included the present-day Miyagi Prefecture.

Miyagi Stadium hosted three matches in the 2002 World Cup, and also hosted the 56th National Sports Festival of Japan in 2001. It is one of the planned football venues for the 2020 Summer Olympics.[1]

In addition, Miyagi Stadium also hosted six matches at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and it would become the first stadium (and to date the only stadium) to have hosted matches at both a men's FIFA World Cup and a women's FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The football field is surrounded by a nine-lane track. A large video screen and scoreboard is installed in the northern end.

World Cup match history

Date Team 1 Res. Team 2 Round
2002-06-09Mexico Mexico2–1Ecuador EcuadorGroup G
2002-06-12Sweden Sweden1–1Argentina ArgentinaGroup F
2002-06-18Japan Japan0–1Turkey TurkeySecond Round

2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup match history

Date Team 1 Res. Team 2 Round
2002-08-19New Zealand New Zealand2–1Switzerland SwitzerlandGroup A
2002-08-19Japan Japan4–1Mexico MexicoGroup A
2002-08-22Mexico Mexico2–0Switzerland SwitzerlandGroup A
2002-08-22Japan Japan2–2New Zealand New ZealandGroup A
2002-08-27Germany Germany3–0United States United StatesGroup D
2002-08-27Norway Norway4–1Argentina ArgentinaGroup C

Other notable events

Besides the game against Turkey, Miyagi Stadium has hosted three friendly matches involving the Japanese national football team: A 1-1 draw against Slovakia on June 11, 2000, a 5-4 victory against Honduras on September 7, 2005, and a 2-4 loss against Uruguay on August 14, 2013. J. League club Vegalta Sendai has held home games at Miyagi Stadium, and pop-music group SMAP has held two outdoor concerts at the venue as well.


Rifu Station is the closest train station, although it is nearly 3.5 kilometers from the stadium. For major events, bus transportation is usually available from Izumi-Chūō and Sendai Stations. Before the World Cup, a spur from the Sanriku Expressway was built, which provided easier access for travellers by car from Tokyo and other locales.

See also


  1. "Venue Plan". Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee. Retrieved 11 September 2013.

Coordinates: 38°20′07″N 140°57′01″E / 38.33528°N 140.95028°E / 38.33528; 140.95028

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