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Designs revealed for Japan’s Morioka Ballpark

Japan’s northern city of Morioka and Iwate Prefecture have jointly revealed the designs for their new Morioka Minami Park Ballpark after Shimizu Corporation, one of Japan’s major constructors, was given the first negotiating rights for the project.

The new ballpark will be built to replace the ageing Morioka Municipal Ballpark, and will have 100m-long left and right field wings and a 122m-long centre field while artificial turf will be introduced for both the infield and outfield.

The infield stand will have 12,000 seats and the grassy hillside overlooking the outfield will have a capacity of 8,000 and a large full-colour LED scoreboard screen.

Behind the ballpark, there will be a 50m x 50m multi-purpose indoor training facility that can be used for fielding and running practices for baseball and softball as well as international futsal matches. The facility will also house spaces for a café and fitness room, the Sports Hochi newspaper said.

Furthermore, the indoor facility can function as an emergency evacuation shelter and storage centre for relief supplies should a large-scale disaster occur in the region.

After completion, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) will be invited to play their official matches at the ballpark, while university baseball teams can look forward to having training camps at the complex.

Apart from the sporting use, the ballpark will be available all year round for other events such as cooking events, concerts, and recreational events for kids as well.

The ballpark is scheduled to officially open in April 2023 and the construction cost and operational/maintenance cost for the first 15 years are estimated to be around JPY10.9 billion (£76.6m/€89.9m) in total.

Image: Shimizu Corporation

Article provided by The Stadium Hub