Korakuen Stadium (後楽園球場, Kōrakuen Kyūjō) was a stadium in Tokyo, Japan. Completed in 1937, it was primarily used for baseball and was home to the Yomiuri Giants until 1988 when they moved next door, to the Tokyo Dome, which sits on the site of the Velodrome. The ballpark had a capacity of 50,000 people. In 1942 Korakuen Stadium played host to a memorable 28 inning, 311 pitch, complete game effort by Michio Nishizawa. It also hosted the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. On August 16, 1976, it hosted the first NFL game played outside of North America when the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Diego Chargers 20-10 in a preseason game before 38,000. It also hosted the Mirage Bowl.

Korakuen Stadium
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Velodrome and Korakuen Stadium in 1974.
Location3, Koraku 1-chome, Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan
OwnerKorakuen Stadium Corporation (now Tokyo Dome Corporation)
Capacity42,337
Construction
Opened1937
Closed1987
Demolished1988
ArchitectRyutaro Furuhashi
Main contractorsTobishima Corporation
Tenants
Yomiuri Giants (NPB (Central League)) (1938–1987)

Nippon Ham Fighters (NPB (Pacific League)) (1964–1987)

Intercity Baseball Tournament (1938–1987)

The stadium was also used as a concert venue for superstars. This included the all-day "For Freedom" show, on April 4, 1978, which was the marathon farewell performance by Japanese girl group Candies. On July 23 of that same year, Pink Lady performed in front of over 100,000 fans at the stadium. Three years later on March 31, Pink Lady returned to perform their final concert at the time.

On June 20-22, 1987, Madonna sold all of the 65,000 available tickets for 3 concerts (around 21,600 per show) on the Who's That Girl Tour in a few hours. The second night was shown on TV in Japan and was later released on VHS and LaserDisc.

Michael Jackson kicked off the Bad World Tour, his first tour as a solo artist, with three sold-out concerts in September 12-13-14 1987 at the stadium, with total attendance of 135,000.

Korakuen Stadium closed on November 8, 1987 and demolition began the next day, which was completed in February 1988. The former site of the right-center field area is now occupied by a high-rise, the Tokyo Dome Hotel. The remainder of the former ballpark site is a plaza for the Tokyo Dome and the hotel.

Coordinates: 35°42′16″N 139°45′12″E / 35.70444°N 139.75333°E / 35.70444; 139.75333