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Nippon Ham Fighters’ “Konkatsu (婚活) Seats” a Hit

by on Jul.11, 2009 @ 6:57 am, under NPB

The Konkatsu Seats (婚活シート) I mentioned back in May appear to have been something of a hit.

According to Sports Hochi, the Nippon Ham Fighters received 1,430 (470 for men and 960 for women) applications to the event taking place this weekend. And because the Fighters weren't sure how popular the event would be, they asked that each application include 2 people of the same sex.

The Fighters originally set aside 100 seats for each game during the weekend, but decided to increase that to 300 in order to account for the demand.

The age of the applicants ranged from people in their teens to their 50's, although according to one team official, people in their mid-30's numbered the largest.

And the news from today's game?

28 couples emerged from Day 1 of the Konkatsu Seats event.

If any of these 28 couples gets married, they will be allowed to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to a future Fighters' game.