Sapporo Dome – Sapporo City


Sapporo Dome is in Japan’s northern island in Sapporo, Hokkaido. It was recently built in May 2001, so its appearance is pretty modern as far as stadiums go. From the exterior, you would swear it looks like a UFO, and on the inside is a fully customisable stadium.

When I say fully customisable, I mean Sapporo Dome can transform itself to suit a variety of sports. From its diamond layout hosting regular Baseball games, it can completely convert itself into a full-sized soccer or rugby field. The field, as you can see is external from the stadium, as the naturally grown turf cures better outside.

Source: Rugby World Cup Site

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The stadium holds a respectable 41,410 spectators at capacity and has frequently approached that number with several events. Past events it has played host to include several international rugby matches, concerts and regular baseball games. It was also one of the major places for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

This year Sapporo Dome will be the venue for some of the initial matches for the rugby world cup. Its first game pits the Aussie wallabies vs the ever solid Fijians. Kick-off commences from 13:45 on the 21st of September, so it is the second game in the entire tournament. The following day features England vs Tonga, in what will prove to be another crucial match at 19:15 on the 22nd.

How To Get to Sapporo Dome

A bus is about the most convenient route from the front of Sapporo Station to the Dome. The end-to-end journey takes a bit over 35 minutes, and the bus drops you just outside the grounds.

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