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Tokyo to rebuild iconic Jingu, Chichibunomiya stadiums

Kyodo

Two of Tokyo’s most iconic sports landmarks, Jingu Stadium and Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, will be replaced by 2025, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced Wednesday.

Jingu, home to Nippon Professional Baseball’s Yakult Swallows as well as Tokyo’s two biggest university baseball leagues, was built in 1926.

Chichibu was completed in 1947 and has been the scene of many historic international matches, including Japan’s landmark win over Scotland in 1989.

A new National Stadium, which will serve as the main venue for the 2020 Olympics, is to be built down the road from Jingu and Chichibu, with the development set to transform the local landscape.

Chichibu will be demolished and the space it occupies turned into a parking lot for the Tokyo Games, while the new Jingu Stadium will be built by 2022 next to the existing ballpark.

The old Jingu, where Babe Ruth once played in 1934, will then be torn down to make way for a new rugby ground.