2018 July Grand Sumo Tournament
Get ready for some hot summer nights of thrilling Sumo wrestling! StubHub is delighted that we are able to offer July Grand Sumo Tournament tickets in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. Like the five other tournaments throughout the year, the July tournament will go towards deciding which wrestlers will be promoted and which will be relegated for the following tournament, in this case in Tokyo at the September Grand Sumo Tournament.
With that in mind, make sure you buy your July Grand Sumo Tournament tickets quickly as the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium is likely to fill up with thousands of sumo fans desperate to see their heroes battle it out at the Nagoya Basho.
Sumo Wrestling Live 2018
The tournament will last for 15 days during the month of July and will be held in the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. Capable of hosting up to 7,500 people, the gymnasium is situated on the site of the impressive Nagoya Castle, and is considered an iconic Sumo tournament venue, having hosted the July tournament since 1965.
They will also be fighting for the yūshō, or championship prize, that is awarded to the wrestler with the most wins at the end of each tournament. The prize consists of a cash purse, which can be upwards of 10 million yen.
If previous years are anything to go by you can expect quite a tournament. The 2015 event saw legendary Mongolian wrestler Hakuhō emerge with the yūshō, finishing with a spectacular 14-1 winning record, extending his record to 35 top division championships, the most of any wrestler, he went on to claim his 39th title last year. And who could forget 2016's success story as Japan got its first Sumo Champion in 10 years with Kotoshogiku's victory in the Emperors Cup.
You can find a range of sumo wrestling tickets for the July tournament in Nagoya here at StubHub. Buy July Grand Sumo Tournament now and don’t miss out on what is sure to be a profound spectacle, as sport, culture, and history come together in the ring for this most majestic of martial arts.
A brief history of Sumo wrestling
Sumo is a sport which has been an important part of Japanese culture since the Edo period in the 17th century. However, it was in 1958 when the six Grand Sumo Tournaments appeared, divided by month: January, May, September (all three take place in Tokyo), March (which takes place in Osaka), July (which takes place in Nagoya) and the last one of the year, in November (which takes place in Fukuoka). Traditionally, matches feature the lower-ranked contestants in the morning - also called jonokuchi - and higher-ranked wrestlers at the end of the day. This way spectators are able to see how experience and technique affect the level of the wrestling, getting to appreciate the hardest matchups after a whole day of excitement! We advise you to buy your July Grand Sumo Tournament Nagoya tickets as soon as possible so you don't have that nasty SOLD OUT disappointment.