The Sapporo Dome is already synonymous with England sports fans – it’s where David Beckham’s penalty defeated Argentina in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
England will begin their journey here in the opening match against Tonga and it will be a high tech experience.
The stadium opened in 2001 and is now used for a variety of different sports, including Nordic skiing, Rally Japan and baseball. The Dome switches between two entirely different surfaces: Baseball games are played on underlying artificial turf, while football and rugby games are held on a grass pitch that slides into and out of the stadium as needed – and this is what will happen when Dylan Hartley’s team arrive.
What makes the Sapporo Dome so special is that the roof is fixed which means England will be playing in an enclosed stadium when their campaign gets underway.
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