The red dirt used for the warning track in the outfield at Koshien Stadium will be replaced by artificial turf in the same color. Rain causes the dirt to seep out onto the outfield grass making it difficult to maintain. The change should be complete before the end of January.0 Comments
Koshien Stadium is planning to make a few changes to their dugout this off-season. The Hanshin Tigers complained that the current setup (a solid protective wall in front of the dugout) made it difficult to send signals to base coaches and players on the field. The wall will be swapped out with a bar and protective netting, similar to what is used at Mazda Stadium. There will also be three rows of seats. The first row will be a padded bar without a back that players can either lean back on or sit on. The two rows behind the padded bar will have different elevations to ensure a clear view of the field from every seat.
The change from a solid wall to netting should also help improve circulation in the dugout, particularly during the humid summer months.
Construction should be complete in time for the exhibition games in March. The Koshien Stadium dugouts were last modified before the start of the 2008 season.0 Comments
The infield dirt area at Koshien Stadium will be expanded. About two meters of outfield grass will be removed. The Hanshin Tigers are hoping the larger infield will lead to fewer injuries and a better fielding surface for infielders.
The infield was also increased by around a meter in January 2016. After the current changes, the radius of the infield from the rubber will be 33.5 meters. Modifications will take about a week. Work will begin on June 5, when the team heads off for a six-game road trip.
Source: Sponichi 5/30/2017
[UPDATE 6/5 @ 10:44pm]
Work to expand the infield dirt further into the outfield began today. The modified field will first be used by the Ni-gun team on June 9 against Softbank.
[UPDATE 6/6 @ 7:46pm]
The media learned on June 5 that the bullpen areas in foul territory are being removed for the safety of players. The bullpens were once removed in 2007, but brought back in 2013 for the fans. The bullpens are expected to return during high school tournaments.
Source: Daily Sports 6/6/20170 Comments
There are plans to renovate the scoreboard at Koshien Stadium. Under the current proposal, construction will begin after the 2018 season and end by March 2019 and will cost about a billion yen. Other details are still being worked out.
The current scoreboard in center field is made up of two separated big screens. The new scoreboard will become one large screen.
Source: Sanspo 4/11/20170 Comments
Construction to replace a large portion of grass at Koshien Stadium began on January 5. About 5,500 of the 9,000 square meters of grass, not including a portion in front of the outfield fence that was replaced at a different date, is being replaced. The new grass will have better drainage and shock absorption. Construction will cost about fifty million yen and should be complete before the end of the month. The last time this much grass at Koshien Stadium was replaced was in 2010.
Source: Sanspo 1/6/20170 Comments