Osaka’s Suita City Football Stadium will stage matches at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016 presented by Alibaba E-Auto for the first time as stadiums and host cities were announced for December’s marquee competition.
The Suita City Stadium is the first stadium in Japan to be funded by individual and corporate donors and is the home of J1 League heavyweights and AFC Champions League regulars Gamba Osaka, who finished third at the FIFA Club World Cup 2008.
Located in the impressive Expo ’70 Commemorative Park in Suita, a city in the north of the Osaka prefecture, the arena uses the latest environmental technology to provide optimum energy efficiency, including the use of solar panelling and a complete system of LED floodlighting.
Osaka, of course, has hosted FIFA Club World Cup matches before, as the city’s Nagai Stadium was a prominent venue in Japan 2015. There will be some familiarity to last year’s tournament, as the International Stadium Yokohama will also host matches at this year’s competition. Yokohama has hosted several FIFA Club World Cups (2005 to 2008, 2011 and 2012).
In 2016, Japan will host the 13th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup. Auckland City (OFC), Club America (CONCACAF) and Real Madrid (UEFA) were the first three teams to secure berths at the tournament. The complete field of seven teams will all be confirmed by early December.
The match schedule will be announced at a later time and Osaka will host four matches (subject to change).