|The Japan Football Association submitted to FIFA an invitation to host tde World Cup in Japan.
|tde President of tde Saitama Football Association submitted a proposal to construct a new stadium and announced tdat if Japans bit for tde World Cup was successful tdat tde new stadium would be considered as a possible site for tde games.
|It was announced tdat tde new proposed stadium was officially to be a site to host tde World Cup games.
|tde first plan for a 40,000 seat stadium was submitted.
|The new stadium was officially approved as a site to host World Cup games.
|The capacity of the stadium was changed to 60,000 seats.
|The prefecture created the Saitama Football Assembly.
|FIFA decided to hold the World Cup both in Korea and Japan.
|At the September meeting of the Saitama Football Assembly the stadium construction plan budget was approved.
|Japan football association administrative board (10 autonomy decided)
|The land site dedication ceremony was held.
|The construction commencement ceremony was held.
|The JAWOC administrative board announced that the semi-final game of the World Cup would be held at the new stadium.
|The Governor of Saitama submitted a 1,660,000 name petition to have the final game held in Saitama.
|The Kashima Construction Group held its ceremony praying for an accident free and safe building project.
|The name of the stadium was approved - "Saitama Stadium 2002"
|Kashima Construction Group held the stadium roof raising ceremony.
|The stadium logo and mascot were approved.
|The game fields were seeded.
|The stadium was completed.
|The stadiums opening ceremony was held with over 106,000 people attending.
|The stadiums first official match was held between the Urawa Red Diamonds and the Yokohama F Marinos. The 60,553 fans that attended set a new J League record.
|The stadiums guided tours were introduced.
|The first international match was held between Japan and Italia attracting 61,833 spectators.
|The first game between the Urawa Red Diamonds and Cerezo Osaka was held.
|The first game of the Japan high school championship was held.
|The second game of the Japan high school championship was held.
|The Japan Korea World Cup games were hosted:
England and Sweden - 52,721 spectators
|Japan and Belgium - 55,256 spectators
|Cameroon and Saudi Arabia - 52,328 spectators
|Brazil and Turk - 61,058 spectators