Abe Fellowship Colloquium - Toward Effectively Using Olympic Stadiums: Conditions and Case Examples

, 12:30am –
Sakura Hall 2nd Floor, Japan Foundation


岡田功  Isao Okada

大阪成蹊大学教授 安倍フェロー(2015年度)

Professor, Osaka Seikei University /Abe Fellow(2015)



In recent years the costs of hosting the Olympic Games have ballooned. China spent 40 billion (USD) on infrastructure investment for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Russia spent 50 billion (USD) on the 2012 Sochi Winter Olympics. Beyond the initial investment to reform and construct, who knows how much these gigantic sports-facilities will accrue for maintenance and operation after the attention-gathering events are over? Without a way to manage them in the post-Olympic period so that income sufficiently covers maintenance expenses, host cities and their tax payers risk footing the bill. As we look forward to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, how can we insure sustainable maintenance? Is there a magic formula to turn Olympic facilities into “positive legacies”? This talk will focus on the main stadiums constructed or refurbished for the summer games. Built to accommodate an audience of upwards of 70,000 spectators, these large-scale facilities have been particularly difficult to manage and maintain. Professor Isao Okada (2015 Abe Fellow) will examine the lessons that can be learned from recent Olympics since the 1972 Munich Games.