Olympic Venue Training at the Oki Hockey Stadium

On Saturday I went to the Oi Hockey Stadium for venue training.

As far as I could tell most of what we do consists of standing in different places saying, “this way,” or in the case of earthquake or other disaster waving our hands and saying, “this way.”

We’re also supposed to report if we see banned things like knives, selfie sticks, or drones.

They love using acronyms like EVS for “event services.” I have no idea why they use English acronyms for stuff like that. Being acronym-challenged, I kept on asking other Japanese volunteers what they meant.

We took a tour and saw all the “pitches” (I was not the only volunteer to have never seen a hockey game before), and where all the restrooms, baby care stations, rest areas, the volunteers meal area (we get daily meal vouchers) and even the prayer tent were.

I didn’t realize the Tokyo Monorail had local and express trains and first ended up at Haneda Airport Terminal 3 before backtracking to Oi Keibajo Mae, where the race track and hockey stadium are. I now know that door to door from my house to Haneda Airport is 1 hour 15 minutes. One woman remembered me from Haneda Airport (I remember her too because it was just the two of us crossing over to the other platform to change trains and go back.) She also has a rambunctious dog who chases after motorcycles, so we had a nice chat.

There will be tight security going in (looks like airport security with screening gates and all.)

There were lots of nice, small open air vans for handicapped people and another one of our tasks is to guide people away from them if they come rolling by.

By popular demand, apparently, they shortened the daily schedule from 6:15 am to 3:15 pm to a bit more reasonable 7:00 am – 3 pm. We get a one hour lunch break and a few scattered 15 minute breaks as well.

According to the iPhone Health app, I walked over 15,000 steps.

Here’s a short video overview of the afternoon:

Below are a few photos from the day. If you want to see them all, including a nice panorama of a hockey pitch, please check out the complete album here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/oXX8yE44Vpai3BqHA

Arrival at Oi Keibajo station
Following the directions to the Oi Hockey Stadium
On the way to the stadium – United by Emotion
Going through the checkpoint to check credentials and go inside
Stadium view from outside, on the way to the presentation room
In the presentation room – all with lots of disinfectant and shielding
Our daily checklist (English version). We also got personal bottles of hand disinfectant.
Taking a tour of the grounds. It was a nice, reasonably-sized group
First view of one of the hockey pitches
View of one of the hockey pitches

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