The amazing Sapporo Dome on the Japanese island of Hokkaido is hosting two Rugby World Cup matches – Australia v Fiji on Saturday 21 September and England v Tonga the following day. Read more here.
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Fans will be able to root for the Nippon-Ham Fighters (Nippon Professional Baseball) from the comfort of soaking in a natural hot spring up to their necks when its new stadium opens in March 2023. Read more here.
The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters (Nippon Professional Baseball) announced Monday a basic design for their new ballpark to be completed in the spring of 2023 as Japan’s second with a retractable roof. Read more here.
The World Baseball Softball Confederation will reportedly conduct an inspection next week of Yokohama Stadium as a possible venue for Olympic baseball and softball at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. The venue is home of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars (Nippon Professional Baseball). Read more and view photos here.
Like America, Japan loves baseball, maybe even a little bit more than the country that invented it. And while the game is played the same way, much else about Japanese baseball is incredibly different. Read more here.
Yokohama Stadium in Naka Ward, Yokohama, Japan, has become a top candidate to host baseball in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, an official source said Monday. Baseball and softball, which have not been played at the Olympics since 2008, are among the sports that 2020 organizers have nominated for the Tokyo Games in addition to the core Olympic program. Yokohama Stadium is the home of Nippon Professional Baseball’s DeNA BayStars. Read more here.
This is a few years old, but Asia-based Sean MacDonald from SportsRoadTrips.com visited and ranked the twelve stadiums that are considered regular home ballparks for the teams in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). Read reviews and view photo galleries here.
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling party are apparently open-minded about how to revive Japan’s economy. Sportswriter Seijun Ninomiya told Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers Friday that adding four more teams to Japan’s current 12 could reinvigorate regional economies and keep more Japanese players from signing with U.S. teams. Read more here.
Stephanie Butler from the History Channels’ online “Hungry History” feature takes a look at the unique food items available at professional Japanese ballparks. Read more and view photo here.
We don’t typically talk about player issues here, but any proposal that could keep foreign players from coming to the U.S. to play baseball is worth a note. To keep talented players at home, Japanese baseball officials are considering stricter rules for amateur players who bypass the country’s professional leagues to play in Major League Baseball. Read more here.
The monster earthquake/tsunami that rocked Japan will apparently not keep Japan’s pastime down. Despite reported opposition from the players’ union, the Nippon Professional Baseball‘s Central League, with relatively unscathed markets, will start the season on time on March 25, while the Pacific League, with harder hit markets, will delay its opening day until April 12. Read more and view photo of hard hit stadium here.