Tokyo Celebrates Completion Of Hockey Stadium

Tokyo celebrates completion of hockey stadium

The governor of Tokyo has hit the ceremonial first ball on the pitch of a new field hockey stadium built for next year's Olympic Games.

Officials and well-wishers attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday at Oi Hockey Stadium. The facility straddles Tokyo's Shinagawa and Ota wards.

Governor Yuriko Koike said the venue will host thrilling Olympic contests between the world's top hockey players, and inspire many people. Koike said she hopes the stadium will be loved by many, even long after the Olympics.

Following the ceremony players from Japan's men's hockey team put on a demonstration by taking shots at goal one by one.

The new facility has two hockey pitches covered by artificial turf. Each is 63 meters wide and 101 meters long.

Trial events are scheduled from Saturday through Wednesday.

The venue is also designed to be used for football and lacrosse games.