History of Kashima Soccer Stadium
  • Kashima Soccer Stadium (capacity: 40,728)
  • 26-2 Jinkoji, Kashima City, Ibaraki
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Continuing to Change and Modernise
The Dream Stage Continuing as a Symbol
Antlers' home since 26 March 1993, Kashima Soccer Stadium is due to undergo big changes again this year.
The Kashima Soccer Museum, opened in 2004, is set for wide-scale renewal, while the Wellness Plaza, established in 2006, is also in line for similar improvements, including the installation of a public bath. There is a real awareness of furthering stadium use on non-matchdays to ensure Kashima Stadium is a hub for the local region.

On the other hand, the importance of Kashima Stadium as a sacred football ground will also increase. The stadium has been selected as a host venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, meaning it will international competition for the first time since the 2002 World Cup. Ahead of that, the stadium will also host the Ibaraki National Sports Festival this year, at which athletes will gather from all over the country.

Antlers have served as the fixed administrator of Kashima Stadium for 13 years since 2006, during which time we have undertaken plenty of improvements to the facilities. In 2008 a 500-metre LED wraparound advertising board, the longest in Asia, was installed at the front of the second tier. Then, in 2017, the latest large electronic screens were added to both the north and south stands as part of the commitment to improving the viewing environment for visitors. In July of the same year high-density Wi-Fi (Antlers Wi-Fi) was installed, meaning not only matchday visitors but also those making everyday use of the stadium have constant online access. This Wi-Fi network has led to the staging of matchday events using AR and VR, while further events utilising the whole venue have been made possible on non-matchdays as well, including ‘Kashima Zombie Stadium' and the ‘Kashima Treasure Cup'.

On matchdays it is possible to enter with electronic tickets, and there is a drive towards a cashless experience. In this way the stadium has carried out a transformation into an advanced venue, but what hasn't changed over the past quarter of a century is the enthusiasm of the people who gather there. Every summer a beer garden is opened, with this year already set to host the 11th. Last year the ‘Antlers Stadium Camp' was held on the pitch too. This two-day one-night event saw tents erected on the pitch and offered the largely parent-and-child group of participants the opportunity to enjoy a rare experience.

‘Things we have to change' and ‘things that shouldn't be changed'. Bearing both these things in mind Kashima Stadium will continue to serve as a symbol of the region.
Kashima Soccer Stadium Chronology
Stadium construction begins
26 March: Kashima Soccer Stadium completed
4 May: Antlers v. Fluminense held as stadium-opening match. Zico scores the first goal for Kashima, who win 2-0
16 May: Opening J.League game (v. Nagoya). Zico scores a hat trick and Alcindo scores twice as Antlers win 5-0.
Ibaraki prefecture chosen as one of the hosts of the FIFA World Cup 2002. A renovated Kashima Soccer Stadium selected as the venue.
Renovations begin.
12 August: J1 2nd Stage Round 9 (v, Fukuoka,1-1). Final game to be played before venue is temporarily closed so renovations can be completed.
15 May: Renovations completed
19 May: J1 1st stage Round 10 (v. Kashiwa, 3-2), first game af ter renovations
31 May-4 June: Three group stage games held at FIFA Confederations Cup 2001.
2-8 June: Three group stage games held at FIFA World Cup 2002.
Partial repair work, capacity upgraded to 40,728
Won J1 best pitch award (currently J.League best pitch award)
Hosted 15 J1 home games.
Kashima Soccer Museum opened.
Ibaraki prefecture advertises for designated stadium administrator.
1 April: Ibaraki prefecture names Antlers as designated administrator (for 5 years) / Kashima Wellness Plaza opened.
Gate 2 renamed ‘Sumitomo Metal Gate’
18 October: J1, Round 29 (v. Kyoto, 2-1), LED wraparound advertising board installed on second floor stand (at 500 metres the longest in Asia).
23 July-28 August: Stadium beer garden opened.
8 January- 22 February: Partial repair work, recycled-material seats installed on lower level of main stand and back stand.
Installed view box seats
Independent operation of Kashima Wellness Plaza, start of aesthetic business
11 March: The Great East Japan Earthquake
March-May: Provisional restoration work carried out
1 April: Ibaraki prefecture selects Antlers as designated administrator (term set as 10 years)
4 June: Earthquake reconstruction charity event, ‘SMILE AGAIN’ held / 11 August: SMILE AGAIN II charity concert
December 2011-March 2012: Main restoration work, including installation of lighting system.
March: Ibaraki prefecture, Kashima City, and Antlers establish disaster prevention agreement
Stadium camera system restoration supported by FIFA.
March: Sub control room (game day video production) installed
August: Antlers Sports Clinic opened
February: Installed Bouldering wall
April: Installed two new giant electronic scoreboards (one behind each goal)
May: ‘Kashima Zombie Stadium’ takes place
July: High-density Wi-Fi (Antlers Wi-Fi) installed
10 July: IOC selects ‘Ibaraki Kashima Stadium’ as the official name for the venue as one of the host stadiums for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
September-November: Escape game ‘Hide and Seek Kashima Antlers Edition’ held
November: Treasure hunt ‘Kashima Treasure Cup’ held
July: ‘Kashima Zombie Stadium 2’ takes place
August: ‘Antlers Stadium Camp’ takes place
Kashima Soccer Museum renewal and installation of a public bath in Wellness Plaza