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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Japan's new National Stadium designed to let in cool breezes

Main Olympic venue incorporates elements from traditional architecture

Japan's new 60,000-seat National Stadium will be the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It took nearly three years and 157 billion yen to complete. (Photo by Masayuki Terazawa)

TOKYO -- Construction of Japan's new National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, is finished and the facility will be formally handed over to its owner on Saturday. The multipurpose stadium took three years to build and is located in Tokyo's Meiji Jingu Gaien district.

The three-story structure has a wood and steel frame, with the lumber sourced from across Japan. It is designed to let in as much wind as possible to provide natural cooling. This is done using eave-like elements inspired by traditional Japanese architecture. The eco-friendly design is meant to embody the spirit of modern spectator sports.

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