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|The Big Egg, Tokyo Big Egg|
|Location||3, Koraku 1-chome, Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan|
|Owner||Tokyo Dome Corporation|
Facility Capacity Area Site: 112,456 m2 (27.788 acres)
|Surface||Astroturf (1988 to 2002)
|Opened||March 17, 1988|
|Nippon Ham Fighters (NPB (Pacific League)) (1988–2003)|
Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム Tōkyō Dōmu, TYO: 9681) is a stadium in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan. Construction on the stadium began on May 16, 1985, and it opened on March 17, 1988. It was built on the site of the Velodrome, adjacent to the predecessor ballpark, Kōrakuen Stadium. It has a maximum total capacity of 57,000 depending on configuration, with an all-seating configuration of 42,000.
Tokyo Dome's original nickname was "The Big Egg", with some calling it the "Tokyo Big Egg". Its dome-shaped roof is an air-supported structure, a flexible membrane supported by slightly pressurizing the inside of the stadium.
It became the first Japanese venue with an American football attendance above 50,000.
It is the home field of the Yomiuri Giants baseball team, and has also hosted music concerts, basketball, American football and association football games, as well as puroresu (pro-wrestling) matches, mixed martial arts events, kickboxing events, and monster truck races. It is also the location of the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame which chronicles the history of baseball in Japan.
Tokyo Dome City
Tokyo Dome is part of a greater entertainment complex known as Tokyo Dome City, built of the grounds of the former Tokyo Koishikawa arsenal. Tokyo Dome City includes an amusement park and Tokyo Dome City Attractions (formerly Kōrakuen Grounds). This amusement park occupies the former Korakuen Stadium site and includes a roller coaster named Thunder Dolphin and a hubless Ferris wheel. The grounds also have an onsen called Spa LaQua, various shops, restaurants, video game centers, the largest JRA WINS horse race betting complex in Tokyo, and Oft Korakuen, which caters to rural horse races.
Mick Jagger was the first international act to play in the Tokyo Dome on March 22 and 23, 1988. Bon Jovi followed suit and played at the Tokyo Dome on 31 December 1988. The band has since performed total of 19 concerts at Tokyo Dome, most recently in 2010 as part of The Circle Tour. Mariah Carey's three sold out shows at the Dome during her 1996 Daydream World Tour on March 7, 10 and 14 set records when all 150,000 tickets sold in under 3 hours. She later performed at the Dome for 4 nights during her 1998 Butterfly World Tour on January 11, 14, 17, 20 and 2 nights during her 2000 Rainbow World Tour on March 7 and 9. Overall, Carey performed at the Tokyo Dome 9 sold out concerts to date. She holds the record for the most number of shows performed at the venue for a female solo artist, both in her country of origin and international. The second is Janet Jackson with a total of 8 shows, who performed at the Dome in 1990, selling out four shows in 7 minutes, setting a record for the fastest sellout in the history of Tokyo Dome. This record was later surpassed by Japanese rock band L'Arc~en~Ciel.
Superstar Michael Jackson performed 21 concerts during his 3 solo world tour (more than any others artists). In 1988, for his Bad World Tour Jackson performed 9 concerts on December 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 in front of 405.000 people (45.000 per show). In 1992, for his Dangerous World Tour, 8 concerts on December 12, 14, 17, 19, 22, 24, 30 and 31 in front of 360.000 people (45.000 per show) and in 1996, for his HIStory World Tour, 4 concerts on December 13, 15, 17 and 20 (180.000 people, 45.000 per show).
Heavy metal band X Japan has performed at Tokyo Dome many times, including their last concert with former bassist Taiji on January 7, 1992 (On the Verge of Destruction 1992.1.7 Tokyo Dome Live) and their last concert before disbanding on December 31, 1997 (The Last Live Video). The arena also hosted their first concerts after reuniting in 2007; March 28–30, 2008.
Yellow Magic Orchestra played two sold out concerts at the arena on June 10–11, 1993. This was their only two concerts since their dissolution in 1983 and would be their last until their reformation in 2007.
Japanese multi-genre band Judy and Mary performed on 7 & 8 March 2001 as their final performances as a band in support of their final album Warp. The 8 March 2001 concert was recorded for VHS and DVD and at 140 minutes was the longest concert Judy and Mary had performed.[better source needed]
Madonna performed at Tokyo Dome seven times, the first time in 1993 with five sold-out shows at dome on December 13, 14, 16, 17 and 19 during her The Girlie Show Tour, Thirteen years later, Madonna returned to perform at Tokyo Dome with two sold out shows in front of 71,231 fans at the venue on September 20 and 21, 2006, as part of her Confessions Tour.
Celine Dion is also an artist who has visited the dome many times. Her first Appearance on January 31st 1999 was a show stopping appearance with fans queuing outside for up to 2 days before hand to gain early access. Both shows on January 31st and February 1st (As part of her Let's Talk About Love World Tour ) were an instant sell out and both concerts reached a maximum capacity (under stage configuration conditions) of 48,000 and selling out in under 2 hours. Then again in 2008 on March 8 and 9 during her Taking Chances World Tour, she performed a further set of sell-out shows both reaching the maxium capacity of 55,000 and again selling out in under an hour, these hallmarked Celine as the highest grossing female act in the Dome in the 1998-2008 gross income period. In 2014 Dion cancelled two shows in the dome after the worsening of her husband's cancer and general vocal exhaustion from her Las Vegas shows. However both shows sold out in an hour and both garners ticket sales of over 50,000. Dion will return to the dome on June 26 and 27, 2018 as part of her Celine Dion Live 2018 tour.
On July 22, 2007, Kinki Kids held their 10th anniversary concert at Tokyo Dome, which drew a crowd of about 67,000 fans, making it the biggest concert ever held at the Dome. The record was previously held by Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi in 1992 when his concert drew an audience of 65,000.
On December 22, 2007, Hey! Say! JUMP held their debut concert Hey! Say! JUMP Debut & First Concert Ikinari! in Tokyo Dome. They became the youngest group ever to perform in Tokyo Dome with the average age of 15.7 years old.
Electronic J-pop band Perfume performed one concert on 3 November 2010 titled "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11" to mark their 10th going into 11th year as a band. Perfume was the second ever girl group after Speed to perform in Tokyo Dome.
In December 2010, Luna Sea performed three consecutive days at the arena during their "20th Anniversary World Tour Reboot -to the New Moon-" limited reunion world tour. The first two (sold out) concerts on December 23–24 were a formal part of the tour, where they performed their popular songs as well as two new ones. The last day, December 25, was a free, black clothing only, concert titled "Lunacy Kurofuku Gentei Gig ~the Holy Night~" with an attendance of 50,000 people, chosen out of the 500,000 applicants where they played only older material.
On November 2011, Korean actor Jang Keun-suk performed at Tokyo Dome for his Asia Tour The Cri Show Ⅰ.
On May 2012, Korean group Super Junior performed at Tokyo Dome for their Super Show 4 world concert tour. It was the first time that the group performed at the Tokyo Dome. Super Junior performed at Tokyo Dome for two nights from May 12–13 part of their world tour‘Super Show 4’along with 110,000 fans filling up the entire venue forming their signature sapphire blue ocean. Following their successful Super Show 4 during the previous year, Super Junior held their concert for their 2013 Super Show 5 world tour at Tokyo Dome. With their two-day tour on July 27–28, 2013, Super Junior was able to bring approximately 110,468 audience. Super Junior again held a concert at the Tokyo Dome for their third world concert tour, Super Show 6 in October 2014. There were an estimated 112,388 fans who attended the concert.
In December 2012, Big Bang performed at Tokyo Dome for their Alive Tour. After successfully performing for 55,000 audience in 2012, they returned to Tokyo in 2013 for their Japan Dome Tour and bringing in 152,420 fans for a 3-day concert. In 2014, they returned to Tokyo for their X Tour and performed for 3 days bringing in 150,000 fans.
Girls' Generation performed their successful solo concert at the Tokyo Dome on December 9, 2014. They are the second Korean girl group after Kara to perform at the Dome. The concert sold out all 55,000 seats.
SHINee closed out their successful "SHINee World 2014 ~ I’m Your Boy" at the Tokyo Dome, making it the group's first Tokyo Dome concert. The event was held over 2 nights on March 14–15. Each night of the concert lasted almost 3 hours with over 25 songs performed.
In 2016, a group called μ's, which belongs to Japanese multimedia project LoveLive! performed for approximately 250,000 fans at Tokyo Dome from 31 March to 1 April 2016 for their final live show titled "μ's Final LoveLive!μ'sic Forever". Live viewing of the event was also made throughout Japan and 10 other Asia and Oceanic countries.
In professional wrestling, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has run the January 4 Tokyo Dome Show, currently promoted as Wrestle Kingdom, every year since 1992. The event is the biggest in puroresu, and roughly analogous to WrestleMania in the United States.
The Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets played a pair of games here to open the 2000 season, the first time American Major League Baseball teams have played regular season games in Asia. The New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays played two games there in March of 2004 to open that season. The Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics opened the 2008 MLB season in Japan as well. These teams also competed against Japanese teams. The Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 6–5 in extra innings in the first game. To open the 2012 MLB season the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland A's played a two-game series on March 28–29. In game one Seattle led by Ichiro's 4 hits won 3-1 in 11 innings.
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