Thursday, 24 August 2017

Expo '70 ("Banpaku") Stadium

Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture

"Banpaku" Stadium, as it is commonly known, takes its name from a Japanese abbreviation for the 1970 World Exposition, which was held in Osaka in that year. It was built in 1968, and refurbished in 1974, making it the second-oldest stadium used as a permanent home by a J.League club (Mizuho Stadium, which is still used as one of the home stadiums of Nagoya Grampus, was built in 1947). Though it is both an older facility and a multipurpose field, with running track, Banpaku is a rather charming stadium, and it has good stadium access compared with most J1 stadiums, with a major train station right outside the front gate.

Banpaku Stadium is architecturally basic, looking much like any of the dozens of other small multipurpose stadiums build across the country in the 1960s and 1970s. It has a covered home stand but the remainder of the stands are open to the sky, and built in a single tier. The running track puts the seats rather far from the pitch. The combination of limited capacity, aging facilities and sterile. multipurpose design finally convinced Gamba to build a new stadium in the team's home base of Suita, just north of Osaka proper, in 2016. Suita Stadium now takes over as Gamba's main home stadium, and Banpaku is likely to host few matches (if any) in the future.

Osaka Expo '70 ("Banpaku") Stadium

Location: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture   Capacity: 23,000
Home Team(s): Gamba Osaka   Completed: 1974 

Stadium Access

As mentioned above, Banpaku Stadium has excellent stadium access, though it is a bit far from downtown Osaka. The best route from the Osaka area is to take the JR Kyoto line to Ibaraki Station. From Ibaraki Station, one can either transfer to the Hankyu railway's "Osaka Monorail" and ride it to "Banpaku Koen Higashiguchi" station, or board the bus outside the west exit of Ibaraki station. In either case, the trip takes about 15 minutes and terminates right in front of the stadium.

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Ticket Prices

General admission:
Adults Y2,000; Children Y1,000
SB Zone Reserved:
Adults Y3,000; Children Y1,500
SM Zone Reserved:
Adults Y3,500; Children Y2,000 
SS Zone Reserved:
Y4,000
Box seats:
Y5,500