It is the 9th edition of the Rugby world cup, which marks the debut of a rugby tournament held in Asia. It will also be the first time; a rugby tournament will be held outside the traditional hub. Hong Kong and Singapore were also keen on hosting the event but, were not among the 14 venues announced by the organizers.
The 2019 Rugby World Cup matches will be played from September 20 to the 2nd of November. The opening match of the 2019 rugby World Cup will be played at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Chofu, Tokyo. And the final match will take place at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Announcing the Venues
The announcement of the venues was made by Japan’s organizing committee in September 2015 and acknowledged by the world rugby. The National Olympic Stadium was the focus of Japan’s bid for the Rugby world cup. But it is being rebuilt for the 2020 summer Olympics, changes for the world cup venue were inevitable.
You can find full teams for Rugby World Cup 2019 here.
Bids for hosting the Rugby World Cup
The organizers in Japan, along with IRB, RWC Ltd, JRFU invited Hosting bids from interested parties in late 2013. It was only in may an announcement was made that 22 organizations all over Japan were keen on hosting the Rugby World Cup matches.
The interested organizations to submit a formal bid on or before 31st October 2014. A Press Conference was held on 5th November in Tokyo, and an announcement was made that 14 venues have submitted their bids.
Yokohama International Stadium and Niigata’s Denka Big Swan Stadium, both of which were also venues for the 2002 FIFA World Cup had decided not to bid, therefore it was a foregone conclusion that a new stadium in Tokyo will be hosting the semi-finals and also the 3rd place playoffs, along with the opening game and the finals.
Change of Venues
There have been a lot of changes to the venues originally submitted in the JRFU’s bid that was in 2009. Hong Kong and Singapore were already omitted, and all the matches will be held in Japan.
JRFU’s Stadium in Tokyo the Chichibunomiya will be missing, which could have played host to the matches of lesser interest. JRFU wanted the 50000-Seater Nagai multipurpose stadium. The most sought-after venue for games in Osaka in 2009. But the East Osaka city and the Osaka Municipality have submitted the Hanazono Rugby Stadium which they are deciding to renovate as the venue in Osaka. East Osaka City will manage Stadium from corporate owners Kintetsu on April 2015. Kamaishi, Kyoto, Nagasaki, Shizuoka, and Kumamoto are the confirmed venues for the Rugby world cup matches 2019, which were not listed in the JRFU’s bid.
Delay in building the National Stadium
The public in Japan was unhappy about the stadium’s construction cost, therefore on 17th July 2015, the prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe abolished the plan to build a new National stadium. The new stadium will not be completed before the 2020 Summer Olympics. This made the World Rugby unhappy.
The organizing committee of the Japan rugby 2019 submitted a revised road map for the 2019 World Cup which was approved by people directly in September 2015. They assured to solve the shortcomings of the venue Caused by the struggling development of the national stadium. It was agreed that Ajinomoto stadium in Chofu a suburb in Tokyo, will host the matches that were to be held in the National Stadium. It will also host the opening ceremony and the kick off match, while the Yokohama Stadium will host the final match.
The complete revised list of the Confirmed Venues for Rugby World Cup Matches 2019 is:
|Tokyo Stadium||International Stadium Yokohama||Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa||Hanazano Rugby Stadium|
|Capacity 49,970||Capacity 72,327||Capacity 50,889||Capacity 30,000|
|Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium||Sapporo Dome||City of Toyota Stadium||Oita Stadium|
|Capacity 22,563||Capacity 41,410||Capacity 45,000||Capacity 40,000|
|Kumamoto Stadium||Kobe Misaki Stadium||Kumagaya Rugby Stadium||Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium|
|Capacity 32,000||Capacity 30,132||Capacity 24,000||Capacity 16,187|