Stadium construction begins
26 March: Kashima Soccer Stadium completed
4 May: Antlers v. Fluminense held as stadium-opening match. Zico scores the first goal for Kashima, who win 2-0
16 May: Opening J.League game (v. Nagoya). Zico scores a hat trick and Alcindo scores twice as Antlers win 5-0.
Ibaraki prefecture chosen as one of the hosts of the FIFA World Cup 2002. A renovated Kashima Soccer Stadium selected as the venue.
12 August: J1 2nd Stage Round 9 (v, Fukuoka,1-1). Final game to be played before venue is temporarily closed so renovations can be completed.
15 May: Renovations completed
19 May: J1 1st stage Round 10 (v. Kashiwa, 3-2), first game af ter renovations
31 May-4 June: Three group stage games held at FIFA Confederations Cup 2001.
2-8 June: Three group stage games held at FIFA World Cup 2002.
Partial repair work, capacity upgraded to 40,728
Won J1 best pitch award (currently J.League best pitch award)
Hosted 15 J1 home games.
Kashima Soccer Museum opened.
Ibaraki prefecture advertises for designated stadium administrator.
1 April: Ibaraki prefecture names Antlers as designated administrator (for 5 years) / Kashima Wellness Plaza opened.
Gate 2 renamed ‘Sumitomo Metal Gate’
18 October: J1, Round 29 (v. Kyoto, 2-1), LED wraparound advertising board installed on second floor stand (at 500 metres the longest in Asia).
23 July-28 August: Stadium beer garden opened.
8 January- 22 February: Partial repair work, recycled-material seats installed on lower level of main stand and back stand.
Installed view box seats
Independent operation of Kashima Wellness Plaza, start of aesthetic business
11 March: The Great East Japan Earthquake
March-May: Provisional restoration work carried out
1 April: Ibaraki prefecture selects Antlers as designated administrator (term set as 10 years)
4 June: Earthquake reconstruction charity event, ‘SMILE AGAIN’ held / 11 August: SMILE AGAIN II charity concert
December 2011-March 2012: Main restoration work, including installation of lighting system.
March: Ibaraki prefecture, Kashima City, and Antlers establish disaster prevention agreement
Stadium camera system restoration supported by FIFA.
March: Sub control room (game day video production) installed
August: Antlers Sports Clinic opened
February: Installed Bouldering wall
April: Installed two new giant electronic scoreboards (one behind each goal)
May: ‘Kashima Zombie Stadium’ takes place
July: High-density Wi-Fi (Antlers Wi-Fi) installed
10 July: IOC selects ‘Ibaraki Kashima Stadium’ as the official name for the venue as one of the host stadiums for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
September-November: Escape game ‘Hide and Seek Kashima Antlers Edition’ held
November: Treasure hunt ‘Kashima Treasure Cup’ held
July: ‘Kashima Zombie Stadium 2’ takes place
August: ‘Antlers Stadium Camp’ takes place
Kashima Soccer Museum renewal and installation of a public bath in Wellness Plaza