"The Birthplace of Rugby in Japan" - insight into Yokohama Stadium

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The Rugby World Cup Final 2019 will be held in the International Stadium Yokohama, with the finalists still to be confirmed after this weekend’s semi-finals.

This remarkable venue has a bespoke Bolt-Down Bottom Hinge System which is similar to one designed for the “Sliding Pitch” in the Sapporo Dome. Harrod Sport’s Design Team worked closely with their Japanese distributor to create these innovative designs ready for the tournament.

The biggest challenge encountered in the Yokohama Stadium was that there had previously been a smaller set of rugby posts in place. So, Harrod Sport had to develop something that could be installed over the original sockets, but with the added complication of needing to increase the foundation strength to cater for the greater forces imposed by the 17m tall posts. This was overcome by designing the Bolt-down Hinge Assembly installed with six M20 Stainless Steel Indented Foundation Bolts at each upright.

Harrod Sport’s unique Winched Rugby Lifters were used at all World Cup venues to ensure that the 17m posts could be erected without the use of any powered vehicles or lifting system.

As these posts had to satisfy Japen’s earthquake requirements, Harrod Sport’s had to provide detailed information and drawings for the 17m rugby posts to be installed, with all drawings and structural analysis documentation needing to be translated into Japanese for approval by the Japanese Government.

Innovation is at the forefront of what we do at Harrod Sport, and we are privileged to have worked on such a historic and thoroughly entertaining tournament.

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