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Saitama Stadium 2002 (埼玉スタジアム2002 Saitama Sutajiamu Niimarumarunii), often called Saitama Stadium (埼玉スタジアム Saitama Sutajiamu) or simply Saisuta (埼スタ), is a football stadium located in Midori-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
Currently J. League football club Urawa Red Diamonds use this stadium for home games. It is one of the largest "football only" stadiums in Asia.
The stadium is a 15 to 20 minute walk from Urawa-Misono Station on the Saitama Railway Line.
Built by Azusa Sekkei to host matches of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, construction was completed in September 2001. The stadium holds 63,700 people, although for segregation reasons league games hosted at the ground have a reduced capacity of 62,300. The Saitama Stadium hosted four matches during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, including co-host Japan's first match against Belgium.
Between 2005 and 2007, the Urawa Red Diamonds' local derby rival Omiya Ardija hosted matches here along with Urawa Komaba due to expansion of its home Ōmiya Park Soccer Stadium.
2002 FIFA World Cup
The stadium was one of the venues of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and held the following matches:
- Building Area: 54,420m²
- Total Floor Area: 62,674m²
- Covered Area: 29,000m²
- Stand Inclination: Max. 30 degree angle