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Very wise of you. For a start, if you examine the plans carefully, it become apparent that the running tracks in both designs have inside lanes 400 metres long !

I went to Tokyo today and here are some photos.

Very happy to enter the field . Some kissed on the grass and I heard many people never knew the smell of the grass is so fresh. I'll be able to enter the New stadium in 2019 if I apply by the

 

Is just me or the roof looks unfinished with that glass panel only covering an area of the roof...

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A glass roof encircles the open part of the dome and here there are solar panels. The solar panels will be fixed in a way that the audience can see them when looking up from their seats. This is very deliberate. We were looking to make this environmental technology very visible as part of the design. 

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And that's a good thing. The initial proposal was hideous, unrealistic and costly. Good riddance to that and they also managed to save up money by doing this. As for Bird Nest yeah, very iconic stadium....when it's not being abandoned/unused. Which is like 70% of the time.

Anywho, new picture. They're testing the illumination now.

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The greenery around the stadium still has much more to grow but it's getting there.

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I really like the stadium. It’s not flashy, but the combination of wood & greenery is already looking good, Tokyo needs all the plant space it can get, & its simplicity means it looks far more Japanese than Zaha’s bike helmet ever could. 

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Should add that chasing being ‘iconic’ is what’s led the Olympic Movement into the mess it’s in. Far better to have something that works, is most effective & useful for its city, & doesn’t leave the city cursing the Games. Then you can make it look good. Hopefully Tokyo’s experience, then two consecutive existing stadiums, will end this stadium war, & cities can focus on being special in their own way. 

PS: I actually think that Tokyo’s stadium will be pretty iconic when the greenery is fully grown - & a stadium of planted walls sends a far better message than a mass of steel in today’s world. 

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21 hours ago, yoshi said:

Hopefully Tokyo’s experience, then two consecutive existing stadiums, will end this stadium war, & cities can focus on being special in their own way. 

PS: I actually think that Tokyo’s stadium will be pretty iconic when the greenery is fully grown - & a stadium of planted walls sends a far better message than a mass of steel in today’s world. 

Was there really a "stadium war"? Athens was a refurbishment; Beijing was admittedly a declaration of war; London was a minimalist load of seats and some fabric (which Boris Johnson then insisted should become a Premier League stadium, regardless of expense); Rio was another refurbishment (or rather, an urgent fix of serious structural problems).

I'd say the real war is in the specialist venues for sports that attract very few spectators outside of the Olympics (which of course means colossal problems for Winter hosts).

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1 minute ago, yoshi said:

Why the rugby posts? It would be pretty classic if they move the World Cup final last-minute & make that the stadium’s first event :lol:

Well, Japan has a Rugby League so maybe one of the teams will be playing there :P though the official first test event of the stadium will be the Emperor's Cup final in January 1st.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Emperor's_Cup

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10 hours ago, Ikarus360 said:

New pictures released today by japanese newspapers. We have clearer shots of the running track.

The stadium is officially 98% completed now.

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Looks fantastic. Simple, green, sleek, modern--it's a very fitting design for the times and era we live in. It might not be the spaceship Zaha designed, but it makes up for that in it's elegant design. Really looking forward to these games. 

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