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Tokyo Dome
The Big Egg, Tokyo Big Egg
Tokyo Dome 2015-5-12.JPG
Tokyo Dome is located in Special wards of Tokyo
Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Dome
Location3, Koraku 1-chome, Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates35°42′20″N 139°45′07″E / 35.705658°N 139.751914°E / 35.705658; 139.751914
Public transit
OwnerTokyo Dome Corporation
Capacity42,000–55,000 (events)[1]
46,000 (baseball)
Field sizeFacility Capacity Area[2]

Site: 112,456 m2 (27.788 acres)
Building: 46,755 m2 (503,270 sq ft)
Field: 13,000 m2 (140,000 sq ft)
Left/Right: 329 ft (100.28 m)
Center: 400 ft (121.92 m)
Power alleys: 375 ft (114.30 m)

Capacity: 1,240,000 m3 (43.8 million cubic feet)
SurfaceAstroTurf (1988–2002)
FieldTurf (2003–present)
OpenedMarch 17, 1988
ArchitectTakenaka Corporation, Nikken Sekkei
Yomiuri Giants (NPB (Central League)) (1988–present)
Nippon Ham Fighters (NPB (Pacific League)) (1988–2003)[3]

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.[3][4][5]

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.[6]

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.

The Tokyo Dome was developed by Nikken Sekkei and Takenaka Corporation.

Tokyo Dome City[edit]

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.

Notable performances[edit]

Tokyo Dome at night

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.[7] 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.[8] This record was later surpassed by Japanese rock band L'Arc~en~Ciel.[7]

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).

U2 ended their 1992-93's ZooTV Tour with two concerts on 9th and 10th December 1993.[9]

Kylie Minogue performed on 6 October 1989 in front of 38,000 during her Disco in Dream Tour.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

Japanese multi-genre band Judy and Mary performed on 7 & 8 March 2001[13] 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.[14][better source needed]

In 2003, Russian duo t.A.T.u. performed on 1 and 2 December 2003.

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,[15] 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.[16]

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 returned to the dome on June 26, 2018 as part of her Celine Dion Live 2018 tour. She sold 42,748 tickets here. The show was filmed and aired on local television channel on August 25, 2018.

Rain was the first Korean artist to perform at the Tokyo Dome. His concert at the Tokyo Dome on May 25, 2007 attracted nearly 45,000 people.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

In July 2009, TVXQ, the first Korean Group who performed in Tokyo dome, played the last two shows of their 4th Live Tour 2009: The Secret Code at the Tokyo Dome.[20]

Rock band Luna Sea held a one-night reunion concert titled "God Bless You ~One Night Dejavu~" on December 24, 2007.[21]

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.[22] Perfume was the second ever girl group after Speed to perform in Tokyo Dome.[23]

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.[24]

On November 2011, American rock band Aerosmith played 2 sold out shows at Tokyo Dome, despite them being advised not to tour in Japan that year as a result of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis at the time. It was not the first time the band played there, with other 7 sold out performances since the first one, in 1998.

On November 2011, Korean actor Jang Keun-suk performed at Tokyo Dome for his Asia Tour The Cri Show Ⅰ.

On December 2011, Japanese voice actress and singer Nana Mizuki became the first ever voice actress/voice actor to perform at Tokyo Dome, performing December 3-4 to a total crowd of 80,000 fans for Live Castle 2011 Queen & King. [25] She later held another 2 day concert called Live Galaxy Genesis & Frontier there in April 2016 to a total crowd of 80,000 fans, still remaining the only voice actress to perform there under her own name. [26]

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.[27] 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.[28] 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.[29] In 2018 Super Junior returns to Tokyo Dome after four years with his Super Show 7 World Tour on November 30 and December 1.

In December 2012, Big Bang performed at Tokyo Dome for their Alive Tour.[30] 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.[31] In 2014, they returned to Tokyo for their X Tour and performed for 3 days bringing in 150,000 fans.[32]

On April 2013, 2PM held the two night Legend of 2PM in Tokyo Dome concert. All 55,000 seats for both days were sold out, making it 110,000 fans in total.[33]

The group Kara was the first Korean girl group to perform at the Tokyo Dome in 2013. The concert sold out the available 45,000 tickets within five minutes.[34]

Paul McCartney has played several sold out shows at the Tokyo Dome.

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.[35][36]

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.[37][38]

Taylor Swift performed two sold out shows in front of 100,320 fans at the venue on May 5 and 6, 2015, as part of her The 1989 World Tour which was her first two performances for that tour.[39]

In 2015, South Korean boy band Exo performed three sold out shows in front of 150,000 fans at Tokyo Dome from November 6 to November 8 as part of their Exo Planet #2 - The Exo'luxion world tour.[40]

In 2016, a group called μ's, which belongs to Japanese multimedia project LoveLive! performed for approximately 250,000 fans at Tokyo Dome and live viewing 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 made throughout Japan and 10 other Asia and Oceanic countries[41], with 221 from Japan and 30 from 10 other Asia and Oceanic countries.

The trio idol metal band Babymetal performed in 2016 for 100,000 fans at Tokyo Dome in September 19 and 20 being the youngest band that has ever performed there.

In 2018, Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK performed two sold out shows at Tokyo Dome from May 4 to May 5 as part of their ONE OK ROCK 2018 "Ambitions" Japan Dome Tour.

In 2018, SHINee held a special fan event on 26th July which was attended by 55,000 fans. The fan meeting event was held in pretext of their 7th Japanese debut anniversary.

A group called Aqours, which belongs to Japanese multimedia project LoveLive! Sunshine!! performed at Tokyo Dome for their 4th live show titled "Aqours 4th LoveLive! ~Sailing to the Sunshine~" on 17th and 18th November 2018 with ~60,000 people attending and more at live viewings across Japan and other asian countries.

Taylor Swift played two nights at the Tokyo Dome for the final two shows of her Reputation Stadium Tour with Charli XCX as the support act on November 20th and 21st 2018.

In November 2018 South Korean boy band BTS played two sold out shows at the Tokyo Dome for the start of the Japanese leg of their Love Yourself Tour.

In March 2019, Kpop girl group Twice is set to perform at the Tokyo Dome for two nights as part of their 2019 dome tour.

Notable events[edit]

Tokyo Dome

In 1989, the United States Hot Rod Association hosted one of the first monster truck rallies outside North America at the Tokyo Dome.

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.[citation needed]

In boxing, Mike Tyson fought twice in Tokyo Dome - a successful undisputed title defense against Tony Tubbs in 1988,[42] and in a loss considered to be one of the biggest upsets in sports history to James "Buster" Douglas in 1990.[43]

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, featuring former Yomiuri Giants slugger/outfielder Hideki Matsui in their lineup, 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.[44] The Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 6–5 in extra innings in the first game.[45] 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.[46]

The 2017 World Baseball Classic played select games in the first and second round (Pool B and Pool E) in the Tokyo Dome in March 2017.[47]

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