Players for the Nippon Ham Fighters have submitted a request for some improvements at Sapporo Dome. Among the requests: new turf (or replacing the turf to natural grass) and outfield fences with more padding. The turf at Sapporo Dome has been used since 2013 and Dai-Kang Yoh suffered a rib fracture when he slammed into the outfield fence while making a leaping catch during a game in August. Other requests were also made (fifteen in all), like cooler air in the Dome, a new batting practice area behind the dugout, and expanding the ticket booth area.
The players have been making requests for improvements at Sapporo Dome every year, but this was the first time in three years that a number of players also took part in the exchange. The meeting lasted about forty minutes.
Nippon Ham’s plans to build a new stadium might kick into high gear depending on how Sapporo Dome officials handle the request.
[UPDATE 10/16 @ 5:41am]
Sapporo Dome officials are planning to install new turf either after the 2017 season or after the 2018 season. They are also looking into improved outfield fences. Nippon Ham was a little disappointed with the results (they wanted more details) and will continue discussions with Sapporo Dome officials.