Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium

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Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium
Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium
Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium
Location Takamatsucho, Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
Owner Hankyu Corporation
Capacity 35,000
Field size Left Field: 91.4 m (-1977), 101 m (1978-)
Center Field: 118.9 m
Right Field: 91.4 m (-1977), 101 m (1978-)
Opened 1937-05-01
Closed 2002-12-31
Demolished from September 1, 2004 until summer 2005
Main contractors Takenaka Corporation
Hankyu Braves (Pacific League/NPB, 1937–1988)→Orix Braves (Pacific League/NPB, 1989–1990)

Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium (阪急西宮スタジアム?) was a baseball stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo, Japan. The stadium was opened in 1937 and had a capacity of 35,000 people.

It was primarily used for baseball and was home of the Orix Braves (Hankyu Braves), until they moved to Kobe Stadium, in 1991.

Queen performed a concert here for their Hot Space Tour in 1982. Madonna performed 3 sold out concerts at the stadium of her Blond Ambition Tour in April 1990. Michael Jackson also performed 3 sold out concerts at the venue during his Bad World Tour in 1987. Ayumi Hamasaki performed 2 sold out concertd at the stadium during her Stadium Tour 2002 A.

The stadium was closed on December 31, 2002 and was demolished from September 1, 2004 until 2005.

"Hankyu Nishinomiya Gardens" (see picture on the right), a shopping mall containing a Hankyu Department Store, an Izumiya supermarket, Toho cinemas and dozens of smaller clothing, fashion and food outlets, was opened on November 26, 2008, on the vacant lot where the stadium used to be.

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Preceded by
Takarazuka Stadium
Home of the
Orix Braves

1937 – 1990
Succeeded by
Kobe Stadium
Preceded by
Site of the
Koshien Bowl

Succeeded by

Coordinates: 34°44′37″N 135°21′38″E / 34.743741°N 135.360644°E / 34.743741; 135.360644