Architects HKS have been chosen to design a new ballpark and entertainment district in Kitahiroshima, Hokkaido, Japan for the Nippon-Ham Fighters Baseball Club.
The ballpark will be the centrepiece of a new entertainment district and fully integrated into the community.
Future entertainment facilities include retail, hospitality, residential, parks and public spaces – a destination for families and fans throughout the region.
Team owner NH Foods, stresses that the design will ‘maximise players performance on the field’ and will set a new bar when it comes to sports venues in Japan. Watch a video of the planned new ballpark here.
It is expected to have a high peaked roof reminiscent of traditional old-style Hokkaido homes, and a massive transparent “glass wall” on the outfield side of the park.
This will allow the park to be fully enclosed during Hokkaido’s frezzing winters and still support natural grass.
The retractable-roofed ballpark – a first in Japan – will have a 35,000 capacity and is expected to debut in March 2023. Construction is due to get underway in 2020.
Estimated construction costs are $530 million and the new venue will be designed and built by HKS and Obayahsi.
John Hutchings, HKS principal, said:
The new Hokkaido Ballpark will be an iconic symbol of its community. We seek to create the best ballpark in Japan for players, fans and the community.