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METI Releases Guidelines for Discussing Plans for Operation and Management of Stadiums and Arenas

July 2, 2018

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Japan Sports Agency jointly compiled Guidelines for Discussing Plans for Operation and Management of Stadiums and Arenas, aiming to encourage regional areas to operate and manage stadiums and arenas as a foundation of regional revitalization in collaboration between the public and private sectors, and METI hereby releases the guidelines.

1. Background and purpose

METI and the Japan Sports Agency jointly set stadium and arena renovation as a major policy pillar to trigger the promotion of efforts for making the sports industry into a growth industry in Japan. As part of efforts for this promotion, the Ministry and Agency established the Public-Private Council for the Promotion of Stadium and Arena Development (hereafter, the Council) to promote the development of stadiums and arenas in collaboration with the public and private sectors and released a Guidebook for Stadium and Arena Renovation explaining basic directions of the renovation and case examples of efforts for developing stadiums and arenas.

In December 2017, the Ministry and Agency established a Study Group on Operation and Management of Stadiums and Arenas under the Council, consisting of private business owners and experts who have knowledge involving the operation and management of stadiums and arenas as well as knowledge involving contents holders. Since then, the study group has been holding discussions on issues to be considered in developing basic concepts so as to encourage regional areas to operate and manage stadiums and arenas as a foundation for achieving regional and economic revitalization through sports. As an outcome of the discussions, the study group compiled Guidelines for Discussing Plans for Operation and Management of Stadiums and Arenas and METI hereby releases the guidelines.

The guidelines are expected to be utilized mainly by municipalities as a reference in discussing the development of new stadiums and arenas. METI expects that the guidelines will contribute to helping municipalities at the early stage of a project for developing a stadium or arena, for e.g., preparation of basic concepts and plans therefor, to advance discussions on the development in view of future operation and management of a completed stadium and to promote utilization of private funds and know-how.

2. Structure of the guidelines

Introduction: Targets of the guidelines
Preface: Toward discussions on operation and management of stadiums and arenas as a foundation of regional revitalization
Chapter 1: Procedures for discussing desirable public-private collaboration
Chapter 2: Issues to be considered in discussing basic concepts
Chapter 3: Issues to be considered in discussing basic concepts of a project budget plan
Chapter 4: Issues to be considered in discussing project styles
Appendix: Collection of case examples of leading efforts for stadiums and arenas inside and outside Japan and other information

Division in Charge

Service Industries Office, Service Affairs Policy Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group