This page is about the locations that are specific to the story The Road to the Promised Land and yet did not appear in Dream or Premonition. Although the story spans for an entire season with events happening in many different cities, those places are the settings for key points in the storyline.
Note: all the locations in this page exist in real life.
Annually, Wembley hosts matches for the England national football team, music concerts, rugby matches, NFL matches, and more. During the 2012 summer Olympics in London, the stadium hosted several matches in both the men's and women's soccer tournament, including both gold medal matches. In the story, Wembley Stadium is the venue of the annual FA Community Shield match between the Premier League champions and the FA Cup winners. At one point, it also hosted a friendly international match between England and Japan. In the later stages of the campaign, the stadium is also the venue for the semi-finals and the final match of the FA Cup.
Arsenal Stadium of Highbury in 1997.
Located in Anfield, Liverpool, England, this mythical soccer stadium is the home of Liverpool F.C. since the club's formation in 1892. It was the home of Everton F.C. between 1884 and 1891, before they moved to Goodison Park after a dispute over rent. By the time of the story, the stadium's capacity has been expanded to 54,074 following expansion of the Main Stand and of the Anfield Road Stand. Among Anfield's most-renowned features are the Kop end, in which Liverpool's vocal supporters congregate, and the sign stating "THIS IS ANFIELD" in the players' tunnel. The purpose of the sign is to both intimidate the opposition and to bring Liverpool players good luck upon touching it.
Also known as the City of Manchester Stadium in international and UEFA club matches for which sponsors are not allowed to display their names, it is the home of Manchester City Football Club. By the time of the story in The Road to the Promised Land, the stadium holds a capacity of 55,097 as a result of an expansion phase that was completed before the start of the 2015-16 season. Following that expansion phase, the Etihad Stadium is now the fourth largest club soccer stadium in England.
The stadium was also known as the venue for athletics competitions, the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2002 Commonwealth Games before its reconfiguration into a soccer stadium and re-opening in August 2003. It was also the venue for the 2008 UEFA Cup Final, matches of the England National Football Team, rugby league matches, a boxing world title fight, and the England rugby union team's last match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. In the story, it is the stage of one of the pivotal moments in the season with another Manchester derby classic.
The King Power Stadium is a soccer stadium in Leicester, England. It is the home ground of Leicester City Football Club since its opening in 2002. It was originally named the Walkers Stadium as snack foods company Walkers was also the club's shirt sponsor. The naming rights have been sold to travel retail group King Power in the 2011-12 season. The stadium holds a maximum capacity of 32,312. Besides matches for Leicester City F.C., the stadium was also used for 3 international friendly matches between 2003 and 2006. The stadium was also used for 3 matches during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. For events in which sponsors cannot be named, the stadium is simply known as the Leicester City Stadium.
Villa Park is a soccer stadium in Aston, Birmingham, England. It has been the home of Aston Villa Football Club since its opening in 1897. The ground has hosted 16 international matches involving the England National Football Team, the first in 1899 and the most recent in 2005. It is the first English ground to host international matches in 3 different centuries. In the history of the FA Cup, the stadium hosted 55 matches for semifinals, more than any other stadium. After going through different various stages of renovation and redevelopment, the current capacity goes up to 42,682.
St James' Park is a soccer stadium located in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Originally built in 1880, it has been the home of Newcastle United Football Club since 1892. The site used to build the stadium was near the gallows of the city, lending the word "Gallowgate" as one nickname for the stadium and as the designated name for the southern end of the stadium. Besides home matches for Newcastle United, the stadium was also used for international soccer matches during the 2012 Summer Olympics. In other uses, the venue has also hosted rugby matches and rock concerts. Following the 1993 and 1998 expansions, the current seating capacity goes up to 52,354.
Built in the Stratford district of East London as part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the multi-purpose London Stadium, commonly known as the Olympic Stadium, is the home of West Ham United Football Club. It was constructed to serve as the home stadium for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, hosting the track and field events and opening and closing ceremonies. Originally built with a capacity of 80,000, the capacity was reduced to welcome around 57,000 spectators during association football matches and athletics events after the re-opening in July 2016. The stadium was also used for several matches during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Stadio delle Alpi (Stadium of the Alps). Opened in September 2011, it has a seatted capacity of 41,507 since 2016, Juventus Stadium is one of only 2 club-owned stadiums in Serie A. The Juventus Museum is also located inside the stadium while a shopping center has been opened adjacent to it. In the story, Juventus is one of Manchester United's rivals in the UEFA Champions League.
Orlando City Stadium is a soccer specific stadium located in downtown Orlando, Florida. Known as the "Purple Palace", it is the home venue for the Orlando City SC, which entered Major League Soccer (MLS) as an expansion franchise in 2015, and their National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) sister club, the Orlando Pride. The stadium was opened on March 5, 2017 with a capacity of 25,500. In the story, it is the venue of the final day of the SheBelieves Cup, an American-based invitational association football tournament involving the best 4 women's national teams in the world.
The Estadio Santiago Bernabéu is an all-seater soccer stadium in Madrid, Spain. Regarded as one of the world's most famous and most prestigious soccer venues, it was inaugurated in 1947 and is the home of Real Madrid Club de Fútbol. It has a current capacity of 81,044 spectators. It has hosted the European Cup final in 1957, 1969, 1980, and 2010. It was also the venue for the final matches of the 1964 European Nations' Cup and of the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
Original inaugurated and named as Nuevo Estadio Chamartín (New Chamartín Stadium) in relation to Real Madrid's former stadium, it was renamed in 1955 in honor of then club president Santiago Bernabéu de Yeste. The Bernabéu is both the second-largest stadium in Spain and the second-largest home stadium to a top-flight European club. By the time of the story, the stadium maintains the same configuration since 2011. The renovation process has yet to begin in real life despite the approval from the Madrid City Council in October 2016, and is not expected to be complete until 2020.
Westfalenstadion and the Olympiastadion in Berlin. During UEFA club matches, the stadium bears the official name of Fußball Arena München (Football Arena Munich) and the maximum allowed capacity is set to 70,000 according to UEFA regulations.
The Stade de France is the national stadium of France, located just north of Paris in the commune of Saint-Denis. With an all-seater capacity of 80,698, it is used by both the France national football team and French rugby union for internal competition. The stadium was built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, but also served as a main venue for the 2000 and 2006 UEFA Champions League finals, some matches for the 1999 Rugby World Cup, the 2003 World Championships in Athletics, the annual Meeting Areva athletics meet since 1999, and the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
Domestically, the Stade de France serves as a secondary home facility for Parisian rugby clubs Stade Français and Racing Métro 92. the stadium also hosts the main French domestic cup finals in both soccer and rugby. The stadium is also used for music concerts and other sporting events. In the story, the UEFA Champions League final is played at the Stade de France. For the event, 24,000 tickets are allocated to supporters from either team while the French Football Federation, the UEFA's requirements and the general public receive the rest of the tickets (respectively 10,000, 13,338 and 10,000).
Komazawa Olympic ParkThis sports complex is located on land in both Meguro and Setagaya, Tokyo. Originally built for the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics, the complex includes athletic, soccer, baseball, swimming, tennis, archery, jogging and cycling facilities. In real life, it is the main sports complex for students from Komazawa University and the Nippon Sports Science University (Setagaya Campus). Except sporting facilities, the complex also includes a children's park, a few playgrounds and large recreational green spaces of high environmental quality.
After finishing their daily obligations during summer weekdays, Kakeru and Nana come to the auxiliary stadium (designated as 補助競技場 on the map) for some soccer training or to the training room for a workout session. That auxiliary training field is located on the northernmost side of the complex while the training room (designated as トレーニングルーム on the map) is located inside Komazawa Olympic Park Stadium, to the East.
Officially known as the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM), Wythenshawe Hospital is a major acute teaching hospital that's affiliated with the University of Manchester. Its fields of expertise include cutting edge cardiac services, respiratory medicine, burns and plastic, as well as cancer and breast care services. The hospital occupies a leading position in UK interventional cardiology, cardiac imaging, cardiac electrophysiology and cardiothoracic surgery for over 4 decades. It is also one of 6 heart and lungs transplantation in the UK. In the story, Kakeru spends a day of his clinical placement at the time in the North West Heart Centre.
This café is one of 124 cafés (in November 2015) and a part of the Pâtisserie Valérie chain in England. The first shop was opened in 1926 in central London by the Belgian, Madam Valérie. The business grew since the late 1980s, but the growth was mostly noticeable since 2006 as the chain grew from 8 to over 120 shops. The chain specializes in hand-made cakes, and its menu includes continental breakfasts, lunches, teas and coffees. The Manchester Deansgate café is one of the settings of the first date between Yusuke and Noriko.
The National Football Museum is a museum at the Urbis building in Manchester city centre founded to preserve, conserve and interpret several important collections of association football memorabilia. The museum was originally located in Deepdale, Preston, Lancashire, but moved to Manchester in 2012. The museum itself is based over 4 floors with various contents and interactive features, and is the largest museum in the world dedicated to the world's most popular sport.
Manchester Arndale (sometimes also known as the Arndale Centre or the Arndale, a term that has been widely used to describe a number of shopping centers in the UK) is a large shopping center in Manchester, England. The center is the largest of a chain of Arndale Centres built across the UK in the 1960s and 1970s. It was constructed in phases between 1972 and 1979. The Manchester Arndale was redeveloped after the 1996 Manchester bombing. The center has a retail floorspace of just under 1,500,000 sq ft, making it Europe's third largest city-center shopping mall. It is one of the largest shopping centers in the UK with 41 million visitors annually.
MediaCityUK is a 200-acre mixed-use property development site on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford and Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. The project's principal tenants are media organisations (BBC, ITV Granada, ITV Studios) and the University of Salford. The land occupied by the complex was part of the Port of Manchester and Manchester Docks. MediaCityUK is to be developed in two phases. The 36-acre first phase was completed in 2011, and the second is dependent on its success. Metrolink, Greater Manchester's light-rail system, was extended to MediaCityUK in 2010 and further extensions are planned. In the story, Yusuke and Noriko take a walk on the banks of the Ship canal and at the heart of MediaCityUK.
The Deansgate Locks development is located under a viaduct that goes by the Rochdale Canal. After the development of the Manchester Metrolink tram system in the 1992, a station was opened on top of the viaduct. Whitworth Street runs parallel to the station on the same viaduct. The viaduct arches beneath the station have been since refurbished and converted into a development that comprises bars, restaurants, and clubs. Not to be mistaken with the Deansgate Area of Manchester (a mile walk away), 'The Locks' are famous for their trendy bars and clubs. The most popular area of Manchester, Castlefield, is located right next to the Locks. It is the main setting in Chapter 17.
Altrincham is a market town in Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, south of the River Mersey about 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Manchester city centre. The area is seen as the "Kensington" of Manchester. Historically part of Cheshire, Altrincham is an affluent commuter town, partly because of its transport links. The town has a strong middle class presence; there has been a steady increase in Altrincham's middle classes since the 19th century. In the story, it is the neighborhood where Noriko's parents and grandfather live. In chapter 25, Kakeru, Nana, Yusuke, and Noriko go to Lewis family house for a Christmas dinner.
The Bishop Blaize
The Bishop Blaize is a pub in Stretford, Greater Manchester. Located south of Old Trafford and within a 5-minute walk to the stadium, the pub is regarded as one of the best and most passionate Manchester United supporters-only pubs alongside the likes of Sam Platt's. On matchdays, the Bishop Blaize is open several hours before kickoff time for people to go eat, drink, and get pumped up before the match. The singing and chanting are usually led by Manchester United superfan Pete Boyle at the bar.
Located on 26th Street and in one of Manhattan's most sought-after neighborhoods, this four-star hotel boasts an address in the center of Manhattan’s Fashion District that is steps from the city's best attractions including the Empire State Building, Times Square, Madison Square Garden, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Chelsea Piers, Broadway, Macy's at Herald Square, Fifth Avenue shopping, and the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The hotel offers services as upscale, stylish guest rooms plus a restaurant, a rooftop bar, a fitness center, a business center, and three meeting rooms. In the story, Nadeshiko Japan were lodged at the hotel ahead of a match in the New York metropolitan area.