The venue for England’s World Cup clash with Tonga is certainly different.
The Sapporo Dome was was built for the football World Cup in 2002, and is acts as a multi-purpose stadium, generally hosting football and baseball with local sides Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo.
And to deal with the demands of two very different sports, the 41,580 stadium boats a retractable pitch, which allows to switch between the artificial turf used for baseball and the grass pitch used for football.
VIDEO: ?? Timelapse showing the transformation of the Sapporo Dome in Hokkaido prefecture from baseball stadium to football stadium. The venue will host two matches at the 2019 Rugby World Cup: Australia-Fiji and England-Tonga. #RWC2019 pic.twitter.com/EabHUx4pPC
— AFP news agency (@AFP) March 26, 2019
It’s definitely a ground to stick on the bucket list.
Tonga’s road to Japan
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