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The amazing feature at Sapporo Stadium

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.

As well as today’s clash between England and Tonga, the stadium also hosted Australia’s 39-21 defeat of Fiji on Friday.

It’s definitely a ground to stick on the bucket list.

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The amazing feature at Sapporo Stadium