Fukuoka PayPay Dome
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Fukuoka Dome, PayPay Dome
|Former names||Fukuoka Dome (1993–2005)|
Fukuoka Yahoo! JAPAN Dome (2005–13)
Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome (2013–2019)
|Location||2-2-2 Jigyōhama, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka, Japan|
|Public transit||Fukuoka City Subway: |
Kuko Line at Tojinmachi
|Owner||Hawks Town Co.|
|Operator||Hawks Town Co.|
|Field size||Left Field – 100 metres (328 ft)|
Left-Center – 118 metres (387 ft)
Center Field – 122 metres (400 ft)
Right-Center – 118 metres (387 ft)
Right Field – 100 metres (328 ft)
Outfield Fence Height: 5.84m (19.2ft)
AstroTurf 1993 to 2008
|Broke ground||April 1, 1991|
|Opened||April 2, 1993|
|Construction cost||¥76 billions|
|Architect||Takenaka Corporation and Maeda Corporation|
|General contractor||Takenaka Corporation and Maeda Corporation|
|Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (1993–present)|
The Fukuoka PayPay Dome (福岡ペイペイドーム, Fukuoka Peipeidōmu) is a baseball field, located in Chūō-ku, Fukuoka, Japan. Built in 1993, the stadium was originally named Fukuoka Dome (福岡ドーム, Fukuoka Dōmu) and has the capacity of 38,585 seats. With a diameter of 216 meters, the Fukuoka PayPay Dome is the world's largest geodesic dome. This is Japan's first stadium built with a retractable roof. In 2005, Yahoo! JAPAN, one of SoftBank's subsidiaries, acquired the stadium's naming rights, and thus renamed it Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome (福岡Yahoo! JAPANドーム, Fukuoka Yafū Japan Dōmu) or abbreviated as Yahoo Dome (ヤフードーム, Yafū Dōmu), In January 2013, it was renamed to Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome (福岡 ヤフオク! ドーム, Fukuoka Yafuoku Dōmu). Yafuoku means Yahoo! Auctions in Japan. On October 30, 2019, it was announced that the stadium was going to be named Fukuoka PayPay Dome, in reference to the payment system PayPay owned by Softbank (50%) and Yahoo Japan (25%), from February 29, 2020.
Fukuoka Dome is the home stadium of Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks and, together with Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk Hotel, is part of the Hawks Town entertainment complex. It is located near Momochi Beach, about 15 minutes walk from Tojinmachi subway station.
In 2006, the stadium received an upgrade to its mono-color main scoreboard "Hawks Vision." Sharing the same nickname as its predecessor and measured at 10 m (32.76 ft) high and 53 m (173.86 ft) wide, it was one of the largest high-definition electronic scoreboards at the time, equivalent to a 2,123-inch wide-screen display. In 2010, with further addition of two 5.7 m (120.65 ft) × 33 m (108.27 ft) displays, the stadium boasted the largest total viewing area of HD display in all baseball stadia (total area 905.2sqm or 9,743.49sqft).
The Fukuoka Dome has hosted one game in each Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series since its creation, including the final game of the 2006 series, where Japan was swept for the first time in the history of the event.
In the TV series Extreme Engineering, Danny Forster makes a reference to the Fukuoka Dome, saying it was said to have a "floating" field. (An indoor baseball stadium in Japan which actually has a floating field is Sapporo Dome, which also hosts football games for Consadole Sapporo, a J. League club. However, this stadium does not have such a field.) In 2009, the older AstroTurf field was replaced with the now more common FieldTurf brand surface to reduce injuries; the Hawks players had seen far more injuries than any other team in Japan.
On May 18, 1994, Hiromi Makihara of the Yomiuri Giants threw a perfect game against Hiroshima Toyo Carp as the Giants won 6–0. Makihara's first Perfect-game at Fukuoka Dome is of special note as it being the only one thrown there, as well as the last one in the NPB(15th overall), through the 2020 season.
Michael Jackson performed at the stadium four times during his solo career. The first two times, Jackson performed two sold-out concerts during his Dangerous World Tour, on September 10 & 11, 1993, for a total audience of 70,000 fans (35,000 per show). The second and last two times were in 1996, during his subsequent tour, HIStory World Tour, on December 26 and 28, also on two sold-out concerts for 80,000 people (40,000 fans per show).
The stadium also hosted Frank Sinatra's final public concerts on 19 and 20 December 1994.
On September 18 and 19, 2000, the stadium hosted L'Arc~en~Ciel as part of their "TOUR 2000 REAL".
Mariko Shinoda held her graduation concert at the stadium on July 21st, 2013 as part of the AKB48 5 Big Dome Concert Tour, "AKB48 2013 Manatsu no Dome Tour ~Mada mada, Yaranakya Ikenai koto ga aru~ (AKB48・2013真夏のドームツアー ～まだまだ、やらなきゃいけないことがある～)" that summer.
Blackpink had a sold-out concert at the stadium on 22 February 2020 as part of their In Your Area Tour.
Perfume performed a show at the stadium for their First Nationwide Major Dome tour, 'P Cubed'.
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- MLB completes sweep with walk-off
- Stadium page on Softbank Hawks official website (in Japanese)