According to the Associated Press, “Tokyo has held a groundbreaking ceremony for a $1.5bn (£1.2bn) national stadium that will host the 2020 Olympic Games.”
The article continues that, “the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike, and other dignitaries attended the event on Sunday at the site of the demolished national stadium that was used during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. They launched the construction of the stadium by putting their hands on a glass sphere that rotated through pastels of the colours of the Olympic logo.”
“The ceremony ended with a video showing how the stadium is expected to look and function once completed by November 2019,” according to the article.
Developing a brand new stadium is a big commitment.
So, of course, it got us thinking.
After spending $1.5bn, Tokyo certainly wants to ensure they maximize their efforts. This stadium needs to run smoothly for the 2020 Olympics.
It needs to be worth every penny and all the time spent building it. There needs to be an ROI, and their operation needs to keep guests safe.
But, how do they build a stadium from the ground up to perform as a world-class property should?