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Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Osaka to get TWO footy stadiums by 2011?

Honmakaina? Translation. I'll believe it when I see them.

Japanses media are reporting that both Osaka clubs, Gamba Osaka and Cerezo Osaka are planning on moving to new football only stadiums by 2011.

First, Gamba announced that they have started raising the 15,000,000,000 yen to finance a new 32,000 seater stadium in Expo '70 Commemorative Park (Banpaku). Let's hope they do not build it somewhere that is only served by the Osaka Monorail, which is one of the main problems with their existing stadium. Yomiuri article (i Japanese)

Then a week later, Cerezo announce that they will be converting the Nagai Athletic Ground into a football only stadium. This is also scheduled for 2011, and unlike Gamba they actually have concrete plans. It just means converting an existing facility and relaying some turf. However, the plan seems to be conditional on Cerezo winning promotion. NikkanSports artcile (Japanese)

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