Urawa Komaba Stadium is the spiritual home of Urawa Reds. Owned by Saitama City, it was built with a running track as an all-purpose athletic ground in 1967. From 1993, however, Komaba became the cauldron where the Reds’ memories and atmosphere were created. Even with the completion of the ultra-modern Saitama Stadium, both team and supporters feel the tug of their Komaba home. Although the great majority of matches are played at Saitama Stadium today, the first team still return to Komaba several times each season and the Ladies play most of their matches here.
The stadium is located in a residential area just 1.5 kilometres from the city centre. It started with only a 5,000 capacity main stand, but a back stand was added in 1982 to bring the total to 8,800. With the decision to make Komaba the Reds home ground in 1991, Urawa City invested 1.7 billion yen in stadium improvements, including floodlighting, that raised the capacity to 10,000.
In fact, it was not nearly enough. The city responded to popular demand barely one and a half years later by budgeting a further 4.5 billion yen to erect stands behind both goals. The work was completed in August, 1995 and raised the capacity to the present 21,500.
As everywhere, the most passionate support is heard from behind the goals, but the sheer number of whole family parties in the back stand at Komaba may be something special. You see young couples leading their infants by the hand, all dressed in Reds kits and waving Reds flags. Scenes like these are also what Komaba is about. Two white-fenced Kids Spaces are provided in front where boys and girls under the age of twelve sport their colours and cheer on the team.
Despite the track, the stands are low and players not so far away. Until 2002, at the final match every season, all players used to go right around the ground shaking hands with the supporters in the stands and receiving countless bouquets.
On November 20th, 2004, the air of Komaba Stadium was filled with massive billows of confetti. The stadium fairly shook with the celebrations of players and supporters at the end of the game. Urawa Reds had finished top of the J. League for the first time in their history. Komaba Stadium, a scene of so many tears in the past, was awash with joy and glory.
|Urawa Komaba Stadium
Roughly 20 min. walk from East Exit of Urawa Station
●From Tokyo Station
(About 35 mins. to Urawa Station)
Take the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line from Tokyo to Urawa. Walk, bus or taxi from there to the stadium.
●From Ueno Station
(About 20 mins. to Urawa Station)
Take the JR Takasaki or JR Utsunomiya Line from Ueno to Urawa. Walk, bus or taxi from there to the stadium.
●From Shinjuku Station
(About 25 mins. to Urawa Station)
Take the JR Saikyo Line from Shinjuku to Akabane and change there for the JR Takasaki or JR Utsunomiya Line to Urawa. Walk, bus or taxi from there to the stadium.
●From Haneda Airport
(About 65 mins. to Urawa Station)
Take the Tokyo Monorail from Haneda Airport to Hamamatsucho and change there for the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line to Urawa. Walk, bus or taxi from there to the stadium.
●From Narita Airport
(About 105 mins. to Urawa Station)
Take an express train on the Keisei Line from Narita Airport to Nishi-Nippori and change there for the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line to Urawa. Walk, bus or taxi from there to the stadium.
A shuttle bus (\190) runs from in front of the Isetan Department Store by the West Exit of Urawa Station from 3 hours before kick-off. The bus journey takes about 15 minutes.
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