The Toyko Olympics—by the Numbers

Tokyo Olympics (Photo by Erik Zunder, @erikzunder)

After a year’s delay, the Tokyo Summer Olympics will finally open on July 23, 2021—no spectators allowed! Here’s a review of the upcoming event by the numbers (courtesy of the folks at WalletHub).

1st ever:  The Tokyo Olympics are the first games to use artificial intelligence-managed security features, with the ability to correctly verify the faces of 230 million people in one second.

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44,000: Number of security personnel who will work the Tokyo Games, roughly half the number of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

$112–$2,808: Range of ticket prices to attend the Opening Ceremony.

$20–$1,217: Range of ticket prices for various athletic events.

11,000: Number of athletes competing from 205 countries.

57 years: Age of the oldest member of Team USA, equestrian Phillip Dutton.

$26 billion+: Estimated cost of hosting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

$900 million: Amount to be spent on coronavirus countermeasures.

$15 billion: Estimated economic loss for Japan from barring overseas spectators and limiting the number of domestic fans to 50 percent of capacity.

80 percent: Share of people in Japan who want the Tokyo Olympics canceled or postponed again as the coronavirus pandemic rolls on.

24.5 tons: Amount of used plastic collected to create the Victory Ceremony Podiums.

65 percent: Amount of waste generated by the games (including PET bottles, plastics, paper, and food) expected to be reused or recycled.

Tokyo at night (Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno at

1st place: In 2019, Tokyo  ranked the world’s number one safest city.

More facts by WalletHub are posted at Toyko Olympics.