Saitama Stadium 2002, commonly known simply as Saitama Stadium or Saisuta is a modern football stadium situated in Midori-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. The arena represents the home ground of football clubs Urawa Red Diamonds and Omiya Ardija, which at present take part in the top division of Japan Professional Football League.
Having a capacity of 63,700 seats (including 150 seats for the physically challenged), Saitama Stadium 2002 is the largest soccer stadium located in Japan and one of the largest stadiums in Asia built only for the purpose of football. As a result the arena is very often used for many important matches played by the Japanese National Football Team. The structure has a natural grass field, with the dimensions of 68.0m / 105.0m, modern field lighting (average 2000 lux provide excellent night viewing during the games) and many other important facilities such as equipment for storage, rain recycling system and solar power system. On the field there are two electronic viewing screens (height 10m / width 20m) providing outstanding vision quality for the spectators. The operating body of the arena is Saitama Green Park Foundation, while since 2001 and up to date Urawa Red Diamonds have been the main tenants.
Designed by Azusa Sekkei, the stadium was originally built during the preparations for the 2002 FIFA World Cup which Japan hosted alongside the Republic of Korea and its construction was completed in September 2001 when it was also inaugurated. During the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the Saitama Studium 2002 hosted four matches, including co-host Japan’s debut games against Belgium which ended in a draw. The first round matches played on the stadium were England – Sweden 1-1, Japan – Belgium 2-2, Cameroon – Saudi Arabia 1-0, while the semi final match between Brazil and Turkey (1-0) was also held on Saitama Stadium 2002.