The Yokokhama Bay Stars announced that they reached a deal with Yokosuka City that will allow the organization to move its entire Ni-gun facilities to Oppama Park. The park is also home to Yokosuka Stadium.
Summary of the move:
- Oppama baseball fields two and three will be demolished to make room for practice facilities, built by Yokosuka City
- A portion of the park will be de-zoned as a park for the player dormitories, built by the Yokohama Bay Stars
- The practice facilities will be maintained by the Yokohama Bay Stars, for a period of twenty years
- The practice facilities will be open to local use for a set number of days.
- The Yokohama Bay Stars will have first priority usage rights to Yokosuka Stadium for up to 100 games a year.
- Yokosuka City will invest about forty-two billion yen in the entire project (covers the move and construction).
- The Yokohama Bay Stars will pay 180 million yen a year to Yokosuka City for use of the practice facilities. They will also spend several billion yen to build the player dormitories.
Construction will begin in the fall of 2017 and will be completed in February 2019.
Source: Yokohama announcement, Nikkan Sports 4/28/2016, Sponichi 4/28/2016, Sports Hochi 4/28/2016, Sanspo 4/27/2016