Yokohama Stadium

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Yokohama Stadium
Yokohama Stadium
Location Yokohama, Japan
Owner Yokohama City
Operator Yokohama Stadium, Ltd.
Capacity 20,000 (Football)
30,000 (Baseball)
Field size Left Field - 94 m (308.4 ft)
Center Field - 118 m (387.1 ft)
Right Field - 94 m (308.4 ft)
Height of Outfield Fence - 5 m (16.4 ft)
Surface FieldTurf (2003-)
Construction
Opened April 4, 1978
Renovated March, 2007
Construction cost 4,800,000,000 yen
Tenants
Yokohama BayStars (Central League) (1978-Present)
Yokohama Knights (Harms League) (2005-Present)

Yokohama Stadium (横浜スタジアム Yokohama Sutajiamu?) is a stadium in Naka Ward, Yokohama, Japan. It opened in 1978 and holds 30,000 people.

It is primarily used for baseball and is the home field of the Yokohama BayStars. The stadium is unique, because it features dirt around the bases and pitcher's mound, but with dirt colored turf infield and base paths. The entire green portion of the field is now turf. The stadium is one of only three venues in Japan, with an American look (an all-grass outfield and infield, with dirt base paths), the others are Kobe Sports Park Baseball Stadium in Kobe and Mazda Stadium in Hiroshima.

It hosted an Australian Rules Football match and drew the second largest crowd, for such an event, outside of Australia.

Carlos Santana and Masayoshi Takanaka performed at the stadium on August 2, 1981. Japanese concert souvenir tour program for Santana/Takanaka, for their "Summer Live Super Session" tour of Japan.

Michael Jackson performed at the stadium during his Bad World Tour in five sold out concerts, more than any other artist in Yokohama, for a total audience of 190,000 fans (about 38,000 people per concert) on September 25, 26, and 27, 1987 and October 3–4, 1987 and one of the concerts was recorded and released as VHS titled Michael Jackson Live in Japan.

Tina Turner played 4 concerts for the first time at the stadium on March 1988 during Break Every Rule Tour.

Madonna performed, on three consecutive nights, during her Blond Ambition World Tour on April 25–27, 1990. Her show on the 27th was filmed & later released on July 25, 1990 as a VHS & Laserdisc exclusively in Japan, titled Blond Ambition – Japan Tour 90.

Luna Sea performed a Christmas concert here on December 23 as the final performance of their 1996 tour. There they announced a yearlong hiatus for the members to perform solo activities.[1] The concert was later released as the Mafuyu no Yagai DVD in 2003.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 100 Japanese pops Artists - No.90". hmv.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-01-12. 

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Coordinates: 35°26′36.34″N 139°38′24.36″E / 35.4434278°N 139.6401000°E / 35.4434278; 139.6401000