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Japanese ticketer Pia to build own arena

Pia hopes the 10,000-seat indoor arena, in Yokohama, Greater Tokyo, will go some way to addressing Japan's shortage of large concert venues

By Jon Chapple on 21 Jul 2017

New Pia arena, Yokohama, artist's impression

An artist's impression of the new arena


image © Pia Corp.

Pia Corporation, which operates Japan’s leading ticket agency, Ticket Pia, is to construct its own arena in Yokohama in response a “venue shortage” in Japan’s second city.

The 10,000-capacity arena, which has yet to be named, will be used solely for music, with the company aiming to stage more than 200 concerts annually.

According to Pia’s Live Entertainment White Paper 2016, the value of the Japanese concert market has more than doubled in the past five years, but the country’s venue infrastructure has failed to keep pace with the increase in concertgoers. The last new arena to be built in the greater Tokyo area was the 36,500-cap. Saitama Super Arena, completed in September 2000.

The new venue is set to open in 2020 in Yokohoma’s Minato Mirai 21 district, on 12,000m² of land leased from the Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd, Japan’s largest property developer.

Pia in May launched Tiketore, Japan’s first Twickets-style face-value ticket resale site.

 


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