Nov 26, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT
The proposed 2020 Olympic Stadium will be 25 percent smaller than originally planned after criticism against its “size and scale” last month.
“While we are still using [architect] Zaha Hadid‘s design, we now plan to downsize it,” a Japan Sport Council official said, according to Agence France-Presse.
The stadium will be 220,000 square meters, one-quarter smaller than previously planned, and the construction cost will be cut from $3 billion to $1.8 billion, which is still 40 percent more than initial estimates, according to AFP.
The stadium is still planned to seat 80,000 spectators with a retractable roof, replace the 54,000-seat 1964 Olympic Stadium and be used in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
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