In October, Prince Chichibu traveled on a train operated by Osaka Electric Orbit Co., Ltd. (current Kinki Japan Railway Co., Ltd.) to visit Kashihara Shrine and commented to an executive, “There is a lot of empty space along the railway line. Why don’t you build a stadium for rugby which is gaining popularity around here? You could increase passenger numbers and profits.”
On December 10, Osaka Electric Orbit Co., Ltd. decided to build a rugby stadium. On November 22, 1929, Hanazono Rugby Stadium was completed in Hanazono, Ooaza Yoshida, Akata Village Nakakawachi district,Osaka Prefecture and opened as Japan’s first dedicated rugby stadium.
The 42nd National High School Rugby Tournament was held at Hanazono Rugby Stadium.
Previously, the National High School Rugby Tournament had been held at Nishinomiya Stadium (Hyogo Prefecture), but since 1963, the annual tournament has been held at Hanazono Rugby Stadium.
Completed major renovations.
Installed the steel dome in the main stand, established a new practice field, installed turf on ground no. 2, and opened the rugby historical collection room.
On March 2, Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium was selected as the venue for the Rugby World Cup 2019™ in Japan
On April 1, the name was changed from Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium to Higashiosaka Hanazono Rugby Stadium.
In October, Higashiosaka Hanazono Rugby Stadium was selected as the venue for rugby matches for the World Masters Games 2021 Kansai.
Reconstruction work finished at the end of September 2018.
The Japanese national team and World XV had a match to open the arena on October 26th.