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Revised cost of Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium approved

4 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, July 07 2015 Jul 7, 2015 July 07, 2015 9:04 AM July 07, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

TOKYO- The building of a new main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will go ahead as planned after approval of the revised $2.1 billion construction cost.

The Japan Sports Council, which will operate the main venue, approved the cost at a meeting on Tuesday. The price tag is up $730 million from the original estimate.

Tokyo Olympics organizers hoped the cost could be reduced, but a decision to stick with the original design by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid means cost can't be cut.

Two massive arches that form the backbone of the stadium's roof, a feature that critics blamed for rising cost, will remain part of the design.

Construction will begin in October. The project will go ahead without the installation of a retractable roof until after the Olympics.

Image: Zaha Hadid Architects

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