Rugby World Cup Fan Zones Open

Rugby World Cup fan zones open

The Rugby World Cup has kicked off in Japan. The matches will be broadcast live at 16 public viewing sites, or fan zones, in 12 cities across the country.

The two fan zones in Tokyo are in Chofu City and Chiyoda Ward.

The Chofu fan zone opened at noon on Friday. Fans gathered for the opening match between Japan and Russia, and some got into the spirit by enjoying Russian food.

The Chiyoda fan zone is in a three-story building. The first floor is a 1,500-person capacity viewing area. The second floor is an alcohol-free area for families with children.

Food and drink from the participating countries will be served, and former rugby stars will be making appearances throughout the tournament.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike visited the Chiyoda fan zone and said it would help fans enjoy the World Cup. But she added the thing that would build the most excitement was a strong showing from team Japan.