The Rugby World Cup 2019 is set to be played in Japan from 20th September to 2nd November 2019. It is the ninth in the series of quadrennial international tournaments. It is also the first time that the tournament is being hosted and played in an Asian country.
Millions of fans from around the globe will tune in to watch the exciting matches between the 20+ teams participating in the tournament this year. In addition, the selected venues will host tens of thousands of rugby fans from all over the world as they enjoy the thrilling match-ups live.
List of Rugby World Cup 2019 Venues with Stadium Names, Seating Capacity & Match Schedule
The Japanese rugby association has named 12 venues that are set to host the numerous matches scheduled between the international teams.
Here’s the detailed list of venues for Rugby World Cup 2019, along with their stadium names, seating capacity and match schedule.
Sapporo Dome, Sapporo City
Sapporo Dome in Sapporo City is one of the largest sporting stadiums in Japan. Its extra-terrestrial design makes it look like a sci-fi spaceship and it has some of the most ultra-modern facilities in the world. It has a seating capacity of around 41,410. The wonderful sci-fi technology in use at Sapporo Stadium can be seen as it is transformed from a baseball diamond field into a rectangular ground with natural turfgrass using a few switches.
|Sapporo Stadium, Sapporo City||Australia v Fiji||21st September 2019|
|England v Tonga||22nd September 2019|
Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Kamaishi City
The Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium is set amidst the scenic mountains and sea-shores of Kamaishi city. Built to commemorate the memories of those who lost their lives in the tragic tsunami of 2011, the Kamaishi Stadium has a total seating capacity of around 16, 334. Kamaishi city has been prominent in contributing to rugby in Japan and the stadium and the city are extremely proud of this beautiful stadium which is set to host two Rugby World Cup 2019 matches.
|Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Kamaishi City||Fiji v Uruguay||25th September. 2019|
|Namibia v Canada||13th October 2019|
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium in Kumagaya City was completed in 1991 and remains one of Japan’s favorite locations for rugby matches. Exclusively designed for rugby, the Kumagaya Rugby Stadium has previously hosted numerous memorable rugby events and matches at the national level. Kumagaya Rugby Stadium has a seating capacity of around 25, 600 people. The stadium has been extensively renovated to host the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2019 matches.
|Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya City||Russia v Samoa||24th September 2019|
|Georgia v Uruguay||29th September 2019|
|Argentina v USA||9th October 2019|
Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
Tokyo Stadium, situated in Tokyo Metropolitan is barely a 40-minute train ride from central Tokyo. The major national stadium is set to host the opening ceremony of the world cup and will also host the most numbers of matches in the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2019. This immense stadium has a seating capacity exceeding 49,950 people. The stadium is a regular spot for Top League and Japan’s premier club rugby tournaments.
|Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo Metropolitan||Japan v Russia||20th September 2019|
|France v Argentina||21st September 2019|
|Australia v Wales||29th September 2019|
|England v Argentina||5th October 2019|
|New Zealand v Namibia||6th October 2019|
|QF-2: W Pool-B v RU Pool-A||19th October 2019|
|QF-4: W Pool-A v RU Pool-B||20th October 2019|
|Bronze Final||1st November 2019|
International Stadium, Yokohama
The International Stadium in Yokohama City is legendary for being the birthplace of rugby in the country. Completed in 1997, the International Stadium, Yokohama City has a seating capacity exceeding 72, 320 people in its immense structure. This stadium is set to host some of the most anticipated matches in the soon-to-come Rugby World Cup 2019 apart from having the privilege to host the final match of the tournament as well.
|International Stadium, Yokohama City||New Zealand v South Africa||21st September 2019|
|Ireland v Scotland||22nd September 2019|
|England v France||12th October 2019|
|Japan v Scotland||13th October 2019|
|SF-2: W QF-1 v W QF-2||26th October 2019|
|SF-2: W QF-3 v W QF-4||27th October 2019|
|Final||2nd November 2019|
Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA, Fukuroi
Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA is located amongst the verdant slopes of the scenic mountains surrounding Shizuoka Prefecture. The stadium is not only picturesque but is immense with a seating capacity of over 50, 880. The impressive stadium is set to host numerous exciting Rugby World Cup 2019 matches.
|Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA, Shizuoka Prefecture||Japan v Ireland||28th September 2019|
|South Africa v Italy||4th October 2019|
|Scotland v Russia||9th October 2019|
|Australia v Georgia||11th October 2019|
City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota
The City of Toyota Stadium is situated in Toyota City in the Aichi Prefecture. Built-in 2001, the City of Toyota Stadium has an impressive seating capacity of exactly 45,000 people. The stadium is a perfect example of excellent architecture as every seat in the stadium provides an incredible panoramic view of the entire playing field. There are some very exciting matches scheduled to be played in this stadium in the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2019.
|City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota City||Wales v Georgia||23rd September 2019|
|South Africa v Namibia||28th September 2019|
|Japan v Samoa||5th October 2019|
|New Zealand v Italy||12th October 2019|
Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashi-Osaka
The Hanazono Rugby Stadium is located in the Higashi-Osaka City of the Osaka Prefecture. It is one of the oldest and most revered stadiums in Japan that was built all the way back in 1929. Although the Hanazono Rugby Stadium has a seating capacity of only 24,000 the location holds immense reverence among Japanese rugby players and fans alike.
|Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashi-Osaka City||Italy v Namibia||22nd September 2019|
|Argentina v Tonga||28th September 2019|
|Georgia v Fiji||3rd October 2019|
|USA v Tonga||13th October 2019|
Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
The Kobe Misaki Stadium is one of the most prominent landmarks of the rich coastal city of Kobe. Built-in 2001, the compact yet impressive stadium has a seating capacity of over 30,130 people. The impressive layout of the ultra-modern stadium allows every spectator a perfect view of the playing field and is set to host several thrilling encounters in the Rugby World Cup 2019.
|Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City||England v USA||26th September 2019|
|Scotland v Samoa||30th September 2019|
|Ireland v Russia||3rd October 2019|
|South Africa v Canada||8th October 2019|
Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka
The Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium is situated in the scenic forested area near Fukuoka City. It offers a unique experience for rugby fans, thanks to its location in the idle southern scenic prefecture. The Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium has a seating capacity of over 21, 560 people and is set to host the more exciting match-ups in the Rugby World Cup 2019.
|Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka City||Italy v Canada||26th September 2019|
|France v USA||2nd October 2019|
|Ireland v Samoa||12th October 2019|
Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto
Kumamoto Stadium in Kumamoto City was built in 1998. Surrounding by the scenic forests of the Kumamoto Prefecture, the stadium is impressive and seats over 30, 220 people easily. The rolling and verdant hills surrounding it belie the exciting atmosphere within when thousands of fans visit to watch rugby matches.
|Kumamoto Stadium||France v Tonga||6th October 2019|
|Wales v Uruguay||13th October 2019|
Oita Stadium, Oita
The Oita Stadium in Oita Prefecture has been a favorite location for Japanese rugby players and fans alike. The Oita Stadium seats exactly 40,000 spectators and offers an incredible view of the entire field. The stadium is set to be filled to the brim as thousands of rugby fans from all over the world travel to it for the more exciting matches in the Rugby World Cup 2019.
|Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture||New Zealand v Canada||2nd October 2019|
|Australia v Uruguay||5th October 2019|
|Wales v Fiji||9th October 2019|
|QF-1: W Pool-C v RU Pool-D||19th October 2019|
|QF-3: W Pool-D v RU Pool-C||20th October 2019|
Hopefully, this list of the Rugby World Cup 2019 stadium names, their seating capacity and match schedules will help you plan your viewing schedule perfectly.