Monument, memorial tablets eyed for Olympic venue in Fukushima

5 October 2019

Fukushima Prefecture is set to turn Azuma Baseball Stadium in Fukushima city, the venue of some 2020 Tokyo Olympics baseball and softball games, and its vicinity into an area to be conserved and handed on to future generations as a site associated with the Games, according to prefectural government officials. It plans to build a monument using the motif of the 2020 Olympic emblem and install two memorial tablets with pictures and a chronology of the baseball and softball games to convey memories to posterity.

The 2020 Olympic Games organizing committee allows the installation of a monument only at the competition venues. The prefectural government is considering a design emphasizing the Tokyo Olympic emblem and also including baseball and softball pictograms. It will be within 200 centimeters in height, 150 cm in width and 100 cm in depth.

The memorial tablets will carry photographs of competitions at the prefectural government-run Azuma Baseball Stadium and a chronology of events surrounding the hosting as well as the Olympic symbol and a label showing the site was a competition venue. The tablets will each be about 150 to 200 cm in height and width. Their production will begin after arrangements with the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee.

The prefectural government aims to set up the monument in April next year so that residents and tourists can visit the site as an Olympic memorial spot even from before the beginning of the Tokyo Games. It will be placed provisionally at an adjacent auxiliary athletic field during the Games because entry to the host baseball stadium will be limited. After the Olympics are over, it will be moved to a location near the entrance of the stadium in October next year or later. The tablets are slated for completion in March 2021.

An official of the prefectural government’s Olympic and Paralympic promotion office said, “The monument will be a symbol of the Olympic competition venue. We hope it will add more excitement to the Games and be a legacy to help people remember the sensation of the Olympics even after they are over.”

(Translated by Kyodo News)