- Architecture: Ellerbe Becket
- Associate Architect: Nikken Sekkei/MAS 2000 Design Team
- Engineering: Flack+Kurtz Consulting Engineers
- Construction: Taisei Corp./Mitsubishi Heavy Industries/UDK
An arena? A stadium? No, wait, it’s a concert venue! In about 20 minutes, the Saitama Super Arena near Tokyo converts from an intimate concert venue to a full-fledged stadium. A high-tech concept called Moving Block, developed in an international design competition, moves 9,200 seats—along with restrooms, concessions and hallways—a distance of 231 ft. (70 m) to convert the arena to a stadium and back again.
The Japanese wanted a facility with the functional diversity and flexibility of the Swiss Army Knife.
Yoshihiko Tsuchiya, then Governor of Saitama Prefecture