Osaka Dome

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Osaka Dome
Kyocera Dome Osaka (July 1, 2006-March 31, 2014)
Osaka Dome
Location Nishi-ku, Osaka
Coordinates 34°40′9.48″N 135°28′33.97″E / 34.6693000°N 135.4761028°E / 34.6693000; 135.4761028Coordinates: 34°40′9.48″N 135°28′33.97″E / 34.6693000°N 135.4761028°E / 34.6693000; 135.4761028
Opened March 1, 1997
Owner Osaka City Dome Co., Ltd. (Orix Group)
Architect Nikken Sekkei, Ltd.
Capacity 36,477
Field size Left: 100.0 m
Left-Center: 116.0 m
Center: 122.0 m
Right-Center: 116.0 m
Right: 100.0 m
Tenants
Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes (Pacific League/NPB) (1997-2004)
Orix Buffaloes (Pacific League/NPB) (2005, 2007-present)
Osaka Gold Villicanes (KIBL) (2009-present)
(2001 East Asian Games)

Osaka Dome (大阪ドーム) is a baseball stadium located in Osaka, Japan. Beginning in 1997, the stadium was the home field of the Kintetsu Buffaloes. In 2005, the stadium became one of the homes of the Orix Buffaloes, a result of the merger between the Orix BlueWave and Kintetsu Buffaloes. Prior to the Osaka Dome opening, the Buffaloes played their home games at Fujiidera Stadium. Hanshin Tigers also use the stadium as their "home field" for their season openers and their home games in August because their stadium, Koshien Stadium, is used for high school baseball tournaments during those periods.

Naming rights by Kyocera[edit]

Kyocera Corporation subsidiary Kyocera Document Solutions Incorporated has been advertising at Osaka Dome since April 2003. Osaka City Dome Company Limited offered Kyocera naming rights of the domed stadium in January 2006. On March 2, 2006, Kyocera captured the naming rights of the domed stadium and it was scheduled to be named "Kyocera Dome Osaka (京セラドーム大阪)" on April 1. However, the contract entering was delayed until July 1 for the reorganization of the Dome Company. The contract was for 5 years (until March 31, 2011).

Osaka City Dome Company Limited and Kyocera announced their entering into the second contract (from April 1, 2011 until March 31, 2014) together on January 11, 2011. Kyocera announced its entering into the third contract (from April 1, 2014 until March 31, 2017) with Osaka City Dome Company Limited on December 11, 2013. Kyocera says "A lot of visitors visit the dome, inproving our corporate image".

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