Information for visitors to Sapporo Tsukisamu Arena
Posted by simon c on 2008 March 21日 Friday
Some information about the Tsukisamu Arena in Sapporo, Japan where the 2008 IIHF World Championship Division I Group B games will be held.
Chances are your mobile phone won’t work in Japan because Japan uses a proprietory cell system. Even overseas 3G phones won’t work just by inserting Japanese SIM cards (though things may have changed recently, so check with your local carrier). Very inconvenient for visitors, I know.
Tsukisamu Arena has a capacity of about 3000 (this year’s AL games drew close to 2900).
Here are some pictures of the arena:
I recommend staying in the Susukino area of Sapporo, as that’s where the nightlife is, and it’s only 4 metro stops away from the Tsukisamu-Chuo station where the arena is situated (a 3 minute walk) on the Toho metro line.
All weekday Japan games are scheduled at 8pm, so I expect a good crowd for those games (not sure about preordering tickets). But I don’t expect much of a crowd for the other games, as Sapporo’s not a hockey town (there are some nice mountains nearby, so skiing and snowboarding are more popular) and Japanese people tend not to take many holidays.
For the Japan team preview, most of my Asia League summary is here already:
If I have the time I’ll try to do a Team Japan preview once the roster’s announced.