Suita Stadium chosen to host Club World Cup matches

Kyodo

Gamba Osaka’s new home ground, Suita Stadium, will host the Club World Cup for the first time, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday.

The 40,000-seat stadium opened ahead of this season as Gamba’s previous home ground, the 1970 Expo Stadium held only 21,000 with an athletics track around the pitch and was becoming dated.

Nissan Stadium, the venue for the 2002 World Cup final and home to Yokohama F. Marinos, will continue to host games in the annual tournament which will start on Dec. 8 this year with the final scheduled 10 days later.

The two stadiums will hold four games each but match allocations are yet to be decided for the seven-team tournament.

Real Madrid (Spain), Club America (Mexico) and Auckland City (New Zealand) have already booked spots in the tournament. The J. League champion will also participate.