Yokohama Stadium

Yokohama Stadium (横浜スタジアム, Yokohama Sutajiamu) is a stadium in Naka-ku, Yokohama, Japan. It opened in 1978 and has a capacity of 34,046 people.

Yokohama Stadium
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Yokohama Stadium
LocationYokohama, Japan
Public transitYokohama Municipal Subway:
B Blue Line at Kannai
Yokohama Minatomirai Railway:
M Minatomirai Line at Nihon-ōdōri
OwnerYokohama City
OperatorYokohama Stadium, Ltd.
Capacity20,000 (Football)
34,046 (Baseball)
Field sizeLeft Field – 94 m (308.4 ft)
Center Field – 118 m (387.1 ft)
Right Field – 94 m (308.4 ft)
Height of Outfield Fence – 5 m (16.4 ft)
SurfaceFieldTurf (since 2003)
Construction
OpenedApril 4, 1978
RenovatedMarch, 2007
Construction cost4,800,000,000 yen
Tenants
Yokohama DeNA BayStars (Central League) (1978–present)
Exterior of Yokohama Stadium (June 2020)

It is primarily used for baseball and is the home field of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars. The stadium features dirt around the bases and pitcher's mound, but with dirt colored turf infield and base paths. The entire green portion of the field is also turfed.

It hosted an Australian rules football match and drew the second largest crowd for such an event outside of Australia.[1]

ConcertsEdit

 
Main stadium scoreboard

Santana and Masayoshi Takanaka performed at the stadium on August 2, 1981.

Michael Jackson performed at the stadium during his Bad World Tour in five sold out concerts, more than any other artist in Yokohama, for a total audience of 240,000 fans (about 48,000 people per concert) on September 25, 26, and 27, 1987 and October 3–4, 1987 and one of the concerts was recorded and released as VHS titled Michael Jackson Live in Japan.

Tina Turner played 4 concerts for the first time at the stadium on March 1988 during Break Every Rule Tour.

Madonna performed, on three consecutive nights, during her Blond Ambition World Tour on April 25–27, 1990. The final date was recorded and released on July 25, 1990 as a VHS and Laserdisc exclusively in Japan, titled Blond Ambition – Japan Tour 90.

Luna Sea performed a Christmas concert here on December 23 as the final performance of their 1996 tour. There they announced a yearlong hiatus for the members to perform solo activities.[2] The concert was later released as the Mafuyu no Yagai DVD in 2003.

Nana Mizuki performed a concert here on August 3 as the final performance of her 2014 domestic tour, which drew a crowd of about 32,000 fans, making it the biggest local artist event ever held here.

In September 2014, ONE OK ROCK held a 2-day concert in front of a crowd of 60,000 people called "Mighty Long Fall Live at Yokohama Stadium 2014".

SportsEdit

 
Smaller stadium scoreboard
 
Fans releasing balloons during the 7th inning stretch

It will be the baseball and softball venue at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "AFL Community: Japan". www.aflcommunityclub.com.au. Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  2. ^ "Top 100 Japanese pops Artists – No.90". hmv.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-01-12.

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Coordinates: 35°26′36.34″N 139°38′24.36″E / 35.4434278°N 139.6401000°E / 35.4434278; 139.6401000