The United States Olympic Committee and Tokyo American Club today announced that the private facility, located in central Tokyo neighborhood of Azabudai, will serve as USA House for Team USA during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The USOC first operated USA house in Salt Lake City during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The Tokyo USA House represents the ninth iteration of the gathering space for the U.S. delegation and guests.
“Team USA has a history of creating a great national house and the addition of USA House at Tokyo American Club will certainly continue and enhance that legacy,” said USOC CEO, Scott Blackmun. “We have no doubt that our delegation – Team USA athletes, families, partners and supporters – will feel at home in this great location, enjoying one of the world’s great cities and celebrating the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.”
Planning for today’s announcement began in earnest in late 2016, and continued as club representatives and USOC staff collaborated on the partnership and a vision for the house.
“On behalf of Tokyo American Club leadership, members and staff, we are thrilled to welcome Team USA and know it will be an ideal home during the Tokyo Games,” said Michael Alfant, Tokyo American Club president. “USA House is a place for celebration of Team USA, and that is a natural fit within a great community at Tokyo American Club. We are excited for the Games to begin.”
As in London, Sochi and Rio, USA House will feature a Team USA shop open to guests, while Team USA partners Dow and Oakley will also be utilizing Tokyo American Club as their hosting center.
“As a Partner of the USOC and the Technical Partner of USA Luge and U.S. Paralympics Cycling Team, joining the USOC at Tokyo American Club is a further opportunity to showcase the best of Dow’s science, innovation and sustainable solutions to our key global customers and business partners at Tokyo 2020,” said Louis Vega, vice president of Olympic & sports solutions and president of Australia & New Zealand for The Dow Chemical Company. “This is a smart, efficient and effective way to deepen collaboration and relationships while driving a focused business program at the Games.”
Dow is also a Worldwide Olympic Partner and Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games.
“World-class athletes have long since fueled the innovation and dedication to performance that are central to the Oakley brand,” said Cuan Petersen, Vice President Global Sports Marketing, Oakley. “We are extremely excited to continue supporting U.S. athletes by partnering with the USOC to create a truly extraordinary space for Team USA in Tokyo.”
“This is a truly beautiful, welcoming, modern space and we can’t wait to welcome athletes and guests to celebrate the Tokyo Games with us at USA House,” said USOC CMO, Lisa Baird. “Over the next two years we will work with the leadership and staff at Tokyo American Club to make our bold concept a reality – and work toward making this USA House the most special yet.”
The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 open July 24 and run through Aug. 9, 2020.
About the USOC
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements throughout the country. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org
About Tokyo American Club
Tokyo American Club has been an integral part of the international community in Tokyo since its founding in 1928. With more than 3,700 Members, drawn from 50-plus nations, the Club offers a diverse range of cultural, business and recreational activities and amenities in the heart of the Japanese capital.
The present facility, which opened on January 18, 2011, is the sixth incarnation of the Club.
Press Release courtesy of USOC.