is an indoor sporting arena
located in Yokohama, Japan
. The capacity of the arena is 17,000 and was opened in 1989. The arena was modeled after US sports venue Madison Square Garden
in New York City
. It is a five minute walk from the closest subway station, Shin-Yokohama Station
on the JR
/Yokohama Municipal Subway
The first WWE SmackDown
world tour was held here. The "10th Anniversary Show" for Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling
was held in this arena in 1999, in which both the arena and FMW were the same exact age.
As one of the largest concert venues in the Kantō region
, it is a frequent location for artists to end their tours. The spacious stage allows for more complex set design and lighting, but the reasonable size makes it easier to sell out than the Tokyo Dome
.Japanese-American singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada
performed in Yokohama Arena on December 8-9 2010, for her last concert before her indefinite hiatus, titled "WILD LIFE
". The concert was filmed and broadcast across cinemas in Japan, and also streamed on Ustream
for international fans to view it.
Popular Japanese Idol
group Morning Musume
performed there on December 15, 2010 for the last date of their Rival Survival concert tour. This performance was also the graduation
concert of 6th generation member Eri Kamei
and 8th generation members Junjun
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