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HKS unveils retractable-roof ballpark in Japan

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HKS unveils retractable-roof ballpark in Japan

The Nippon-Ham Fighters Baseball Club will call the park home.

By BD+C Staff | March 20, 2019
Aerial view of Nippon-Ham Fighters new ballpark

Courtesy HKS

Set to open in 2023, the 35,000-seat, $530 million new ballpark in Kitahiroshima, Hokkaido, for Japan’s Nippon-Ham Fighters Baseball Club is designed to set a new bar for baseball venues in the country. The design, by HKS Inc., with Obayashi as the GC, features a massive gabled retractable roof evocative of old-style homes in the area, and an expansive glass wall encasing the outfield.


Nippon-Ham Fighters Baseball club no ballpark

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The ballpark is the centerpiece of a new entertainment district and fully integrated into the community. Future entertainment facilities include retail, hospitality, residential, parks, and public spaces to create a destination for families and fans in the region.

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