List of Nippon Professional Baseball stadiums

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This is a list of baseball parks in top-level professional baseball in Japan. It was compiled primarily from the individual articles shown. It may be incomplete, and there also may be some inconsistencies due to occasional contradictory information between articles. Japanese baseball was organized originally as the Japanese Baseball League (JBL), starting with the 1936 season. For the 1950 season, the organization was renamed Nippon Professional Baseball and with additional clubs joining, it was broken into the Central League and the Pacific League (abbreviated CL and PL here).

Various clubs have transferred from one city to another over time. Most of the clubs had also had several name changes, often independent of location, as a club's corporate owner is typically part of the club's name. For that reason, the first list is driven by team name. The second list is grouped by stadium name. The team list is confined to top-level professional clubs. The stadium list also includes some university-level clubs, where known.

Key[edit]

double-daggerDenotes stadium with a retractable roof.
daggerDenotes stadium with a fixed roof.

Current stadiums[edit]

Name Field image Year opened Seating capacity Location Home team Playing surface Distance to center field
Fukuoka Yahuoku! Domedouble-dagger Fukuokadome ground.jpg 1993 38,500 Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks FieldTurf artificial turf 122 m (400 ft)
Hanshin Koshien Stadium Summer Koshien 2009 Final.jpg 1924 47,508 Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture Hanshin Tigers grass 118 m (387 ft)
Kyocera Dome Osakadagger Kyocera Dome Osaka (15984073809).jpg 1997 36,154 Osaka, Osaka Prefecture Orix Buffaloes Astro artificial turf 122 m (400 ft)
Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima(March 21, 2016).JPG 2009 33,000 Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture Hiroshima Toyo Carp grass 122 m (400 ft)
Meiji Jingu Stadium Remodeled meiji jingu stadium.jpg 1926 31,941 Shinjuku, Tokyo Tokyo Yakult Swallows Hibrid-Turf artificial turf 120 m (394 ft)
Nagoya Domedagger Nagoyadome panorama1.jpg 1997 38,200 Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture Chunichi Dragons Otsuka Turftech artificial turf 122 m (400 ft)
QVC Marine Field Chiba Marine Stadium Complete View.jpg 1990 30,119 Chiba, Chiba Prefecture Chiba Lotte Marines Astro artificial turf 122 m (400 ft)
Rakuten Kobo Stadium Miyagi Rakuten Kobo Studium Miyagi.jpg 1950 30,508 Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles grass 122 m (400 ft)
Sapporo Domedagger Sapporo dome view from seats.jpg 2001 42,270 Sapporo, Hokkaido Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Otsuka Turftech artificial turf 122 m (400 ft)
Seibu Prince Domedagger Seibu Dome September-10 2007-1.jpg 1979 33,556 Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture Saitama Seibu Lions Mizuno artificial turf 122 m (400 ft)
Tokyo Domedagger Tokyo Dome 2007-1.jpg 1988 46,000 Bunkyō, Tokyo Yomiuri Giants FieldTurf artificial turf 122 m (400 ft)
Yokohama Stadium Yokohama Stadium 2007 -3.jpg 1978 30,000 Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama DeNA BayStars FieldTurf artificial turf 118 m (387 ft)

Former stadiums[edit]

Name Year opened Year closed Location
Nippon Life Stadium 1950 1997 Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Shimonoseki Municipal Stadium 1949 1985 Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Kinugasa Stadium 1948 Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Korakuen Stadium 1937 1987 Bunkyō, Tokyo
Osaka Stadium 1950 1998 Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Kawasaki Stadium 1951 Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture
Nagoya Stadium 1948 Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Hiroshima Sogo Ground Baseball Park 1941 Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Hiroshima Municipal Stadium 1957 2010 Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
Tokyo Stadium 1962 1972 Arakawa, Tokyo
Heiwadai Stadium 1949 1997 Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium 1937 2002 Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture
Fujiidera Stadium 1928 2005 Fujiidera, Osaka Prefecture
Kobe Sports Park Baseball Stadium 1988 Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture

Clubs listed alphabetically by current names, within league[edit]

Central League[edit]

Chunichi Dragons
Nagoya Baseball Club (1936–1943) JBL
Sangyo Baseball Club (1944)
Chubu Nippon (1946)
Chubu Nippon Dragons (1947)
Chunichi Dragons (1947 or 1948–1949) → To the CL
Chunichi Dragons (1950)
Nagoya Dragons (1951–1953)
Chunichi Dragons (1954–present)
??? (1936-47)
Korakuen Stadium (1948)
Chunichi Stadium → Nagoya Stadium (1949–1996)
Nagoya Dome (1997–present)
Hanshin Tigers
Osaka Tigers (1936–September 24, 1940, Nicknamed "Tigers") JBL
Hanshin Baseball Club (September 25, 1940–1944, maybe 1946)
Osaka Tigers (1946 or 1947–1949, Nicknamed "Hanshin") → To the CL
Osaka Tigers (1950–1960)
Hanshin Tigers (1961–present)
Koshien Stadium (1936–present)
also Kyocera Dome Osaka and Kobe Sports Park Baseball Stadium for some games
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Hiroshima Carp (1950–1967)
Hiroshima Toyo Carp (1968–present)
Hiroshima Sogo Ground Baseball Park (1950-July 1957)
Hiroshima Municipal Stadium (1957) (July 1957–2008)
Mazda Stadium (2009–present)
Tokyo Yakult Swallows
Kokutetsu Swallows (1950–1965)
Sankei Swallows (1965)
Sankei Atoms (1966–1968)
Atoms (1969)
Yakult Atoms (1970–1973)
Yakult Swallows (1974–2005)
Tokyo Yakult Swallows (2006–present)
Korakuen Stadium (1950–1963)
Meiji Jingu Stadium (1964–present)
Yokohama DeNA BayStars
Dai Tokyo (1936) JBL
Lion Baseball Club (1937–1940)
Asahi Baseball Club (1941–1944)
Pacific Baseball Club (1946)
Taiyō Robins(1947–1949) → To the CL
Shochiku Robins (ca.1950-52) → merged with Taiyo Whales
Taiyo Whales (1950–1952)
Taiyō-Shochiku Robins (1953)
Yō-Shō Robins (1954)
Taiyō Whales (1955–1977)
Yokohama Taiyō Whales (1978–1992)
Yokohama BayStars (1993–2011)
Yokohama DeNA BayStars (2012–present)
Shimonoseki Baseball Stadium (1950–1952)
Osaka Stadium (1953–1954)
Kawasaki Stadium (1955–1977)
Yokohama Stadium (1978–present)
Yomiuri Giants
Dai-Nippon Tōkyō Yakyū Club (1934–1935) → To the JBL
Tokyo Kyojingun (1936–1944; 1946)
Tokyo Yomiuri Giants (1947–1949) → To the CL
Tokyo Yomiuri Giants (1950–2002)
Yomiuri Giants (2003–present)
Korakuen Stadium (1937–1987)
Tokyo Dome (1988–present)

Pacific League[edit]

Chiba Lotte Marines
Gold Star (1946) JBL
Kinsei Stars (1947–1948)
Daiei Stars (1949) → To the CL
Daiei Stars (1950–1955) → merged with Takahashi Unions in 1956 to form Daiei Unions → merged with Mainichi Orions in 1957 to form Daimai Orions
Mainichi Orions (1950–1957)
Mainichi Daiei Orions (Daimai Orions, 1958–1963)
Tokyo Orions (1964–1968)
Lotte Orions (1969–1991)
Chiba Lotte Marines (1992–present)
Korakuen Stadium (1950–1962)
Tokyo Stadium (1962–1972)
Miyagi Baseball Stadium (1973–1977)
Kawasaki Stadium (1978–1991)
Chiba Marine Stadium (1992–present)
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Nankai Baseball Club (1938f–May 31, 1944) JBL
Kinki Nippon (June 1, 1944–December 31, 1944)
Great Ring (1946–May 31, 1947)
Nankai Hawks (June 1, 1947–1949) → To the PL
Nankai Hawks (1950–1988)
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks (1989–2004)
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (2005–present)
Sakai Ohama Baseball Stadium (1939)
Nankai Nakamozu Baseball Ground (1939–1949)
Osaka Stadium (1950–1988)
Heiwadai Stadium (1988–1992)
Fukuoka Dome (1993–present)
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
Senators Baseball Club (1946) JBL
Tokyu Flyers (1947)
Kyuei Flyers (1948)
Tokyu Flyers (1949) → To the PL
Tokyu Flyers (1950–1953)
Toei Flyers (1954–1972)
Nittaku Home Flyers (1973)
Nippon-Ham Fighters (1974–2003)
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (2004–present)
Korakuen Stadium (1946–1953)
Komazawa Stadium (1954–1987)
Tokyo Dome (1988–2003)
Sapporo Dome (2004–present)
Orix Buffaloes
Hankyu Professional Baseball Club (1936–1944; 1946) JBL
Hankyu Bears (January–April 1947)
Hankyu Braves (April 1947–1949) → To the PL
Hankyu Braves (1950–1988)
Orix Braves (1989–1990)
Orix BlueWave (1991–2004) → merged with Kintetsu Buffaloes
??? (1936)
Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium (1937–1990)
Kobe Sports Park Baseball Stadium (1991–2004)
Kintetsu Pearls (1950–1958)
Kintetsu Buffalo (1959–1961)
Kintetsu Buffaloes (1962–1998)
Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes (1999–2004) → merged with Orix Blue Wave
Fujiidera Stadium (1950–1996)
Osaka Stadium (1950–1957)
Nippon Life Insurance Stadium (1958–1983)
Osaka Dome (1997–2004)
Orix Buffaloes (2005–present)
Osaka Dome aka Kyocera Dome Osaka (2005; 2007–present)
Kobe Sports Park Baseball Stadium aka Hotto Motto Field Kobe (2005–present)
Saitama Seibu Lions
Nishi Nippon Pirates (1950) → merged with Nishitetsu Clippers
Nishitetsu Clippers (1950)
Nishitetsu Lions (1951–1972)
Taiheiyo Club Lions (1973–1976)
Crown Lighter Lions (1977–1978)
Seibu Lions (1979–2007)
Saitama Seibu Lions (2008–present)
Heiwadai Stadium (1950–1978)
Seibu Lions Stadium → Seibu Dome (1979–present)
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (2005–present)
Miyagi Baseball Stadium (2005–present)

Extinct clubs[edit]

This is a partial list of clubs that were in the JBL and which disbanded or merged. Taken verbatim from the JBL article:

Stadiums listed alphabetically by current names[edit]

Chiba Marine Stadium in Chiba
Occupant: Marines prev. Orions – PL (1992–present)
Fujiidera Stadium in Fujiidera, Osaka opened 1928 closed 2005
Occupant: Buffaloes – PL (1950–1996)
Fukuoka Dome in Fukuoka
Occupant: Hawks – PL (1993–present)
Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium in Nishinomiya opened 1937 closed 2002
Occupant: Bears/Braves – JBL (1937–1949), PL (1950–1990)
Heiwadai Stadium in Fukuoka opened 1929 closed 1993
Occupants:
Lions – PL (1950–1978)
Hawks – PL (1988–1992)
Hiroshima Municipal Stadium (1957) in Naka-ku, Hiroshima opened 1957 closed 2009
Occupant: Carp – CL (1957–2008)
Mazda Stadium (Hiroshima Municipal Stadium) in Minami-ku, Hiroshima opened 2009
Occupant: Carp – CL (2009–present)
Hiroshima Sogo Ground Baseball Park in Hiroshima
Occupant: Carp – CL (1950–1957)
Kawasaki Stadium in Kawasaki, Kanagawa opened 1952 downsized 2004
Occupants:
Whales – CL (1955–1977)
Orions – PL (1978–1991)
Kobe Sports Park Baseball Stadium in Kobe opened 1950
Occupants:
Orix BlueWave – PL (1991–2004)
Orix Buffaloes – PL (2005–present) (some games)
Tigers – CL (some games)
Komazawa Stadium in Tokyo
Occupant: Flyers/Fighters – PL (1954-87)
Korakuen Stadium in Bunkyo, Tokyo
Occupants:
Tokyo Senators and successors – JBL (1937–1943)
Senators/Flyers – JBL (1946-49), PL (1950-53)
Dragons – JBL (1948 only)
Giants – JBL/CL (1949?-1987)
Swallows – CL (1950–1963)
Orions – PL (1950–1962)
Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo
Occupants:
Japanese High School Baseball Championship (1924–1940, 1947–present)
Japanese High School Baseball Invitational Tournament (1925–present)
Tigers – JBL (1936–1949), CL (1950–present)
Meiji Jingu Stadium in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Occupants:
Tokyo Big6 Baseball League – all games (1926–present)
Tohto University Baseball League – all Division I games (1930–present)
Tokyo Yakult Swallows and predecessors – CL (1964–present)
Miyagi Baseball Stadium in Sendai opened 1950
Occupants:
Orions – PL (1973–1977)
Golden Eagles – PL (2005–present)
Nagoya Stadium in Nagoya
Occupant: Dragons – CL (1949–1996)
Nagoya Dome in Nagoya opened 1997
Occupant: Dragons – CL (1997–present)
Osaka Dome in Osaka opened 1997
Occupants:
Kintetsu Buffaloes – PL (1997–2004)
Orix Buffaloes – PL (2005, 2007–present) (some games)
Tigers – CL (some games)
Osaka Stadium in Naniwa-ku, Osaka opened 1950 closed 1998
Occupants:
Hawks – PL (1950–1988)
Pearls – PL (1950–1957)
Whales – CL (1953–1954)
Sapporo Dome in Toyohira-ku, Sapporo opened 2001
Occupant: Fighters (2004–present)
Seibu Dome in Tokorozawa, Saitama
Occupant: Lions – PL (1979–present)
Shimonoseki Baseball Stadium in Taiyo (1950–1952)
Occupant: Whales – CL (1950–1952)
Tokyo Stadium
Occupant: Orions – PL (1962–1972)
Tokyo Dome in Bunkyo, Tokyo
Occupants:
Giants – CL (1988–present)
Fighters – PL (1988–2003)
Yokohama Stadium in Naka-ku, Yokohama opened 1978
Occupant: BayStars / prev. Whales – CL (1978–present)

See also[edit]

References[edit]