The International Stadium Yokohama, commonly known as Nissan Stadium is a sports arena located in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture (Japan).
Having the highest seating capacity of any sports arena situated in Japan, with a total capacity of 72,327 seats, the International Stadium Yokohama is the home ground arena of Yokohama F. Marinos, which is one of the most successful football clubs in the fully professional Japanese League Division 1. The stadium was opened on the first day of March 1998 (its construction cost was approximately 60.3 billion yen) and represents the 53rd National Sports Festival of Japan. With Yokohama City as the sole owner of the structure and Yokohama Sports Association as the designated operator (the team Yokohama F. Marinos is the main tenant of the structure) the International Stadium Yokohama is one of the most modern and impressive sports arena in the entire world.
It played a major role during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, hosting three first-round games (Japan – Russia 1-0, Saudi Arabia – Republic of Ireland 0-3, Ecuador – Croatia 1-0) and most importantly the final match that took place between Brazil and Germany. The game was played there on June 30, 2002, as the Europeans were defeated 2-0 by the south Americans. In addition to these official international games, Nissan Stadium was also the host of the European/South American Intercontinental Cup, later known as the Club World Cup, during 2002 and 2008. In the first edition of this intercontinental competition that was held in Yokohama, Spanish club Real Madrid defeated Olimpia, and were crowned champions of the world.
Being a multi purpose structure, the International Stadium Yokohama has also been used for several other events: it has often been the setting for local musicians to perform in front of a huge crowd. Major concerts are held on Nissan Stadium about once or twice per year.