The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they are adding new protective netting along the infield seats at Sapporo Dome. Construction will take place between February 14 and 26.
The new netting will come into view for people sitting in rows 1 through thirty on the first and third base infield sides.
Infield protective netting at Sapporo Dome was once removed in 2006. However, a woman lost sight in her right eye after a ball struck her during a Seibu – Nippon Ham game on August 21, 2010. The woman filed a lawsuit and the Sapporo High Court awarded her about 33.57 million yen in damages on June 2016.0 Comments
Sapporo City is planning to spend about 150 million yen for new rubber walls at Sapporo Dome. The current rubber walls are about five centimeters thick. The new walls would be fourteen centimeters thick. Construction could begin at the end of the current season and be ready in time for the 2018 season.
The Nippon Ham Fighters asked Sapporo to improve the fences at the stadium during a meeting in October after Dai-Kang Yoh suffered a couple of fractured ribs when he crashed into the outfield fence during a games in August.
Source: Nikkan Sports 1/31/20170 Comments
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.0 Comments
The media learned on June 14 that Kitahiroshima, Hokkaido is a location that Nippon Ham is considering for their new stadium. Kitahiroshima Mayor Masami Ueno told the media that he was planning to begin discussions of what the city can do to attract the team during upcoming city meetings. The mayor is also planning to visit the Fighters on June 17 to let them know of their intentions.
Nippon Ham is said to be considering fifteen to twenty locations for their new stadium. The city of Kitahiroshima began discussing options when they found out in March that their proposed Kitahiroshima Sports Park site was included in the list.0 Comments