The NPB officially lodged a request with the Rakuten Eagles to expand seating at Kleenex Stadium.
Kleenex Stadium currently seats about 22,000 and the NPB is asking that the Eagles expand the number of seats at the stadium by about 6,000 so that the stadium can seat 28,000.
When the Eagles first entered the league in 2004, they promised to expand the number of seats at Kleenex Stadium to seat 28,000 by 2006. That promise was never fulfilled.
The NPB is concerned that if the Eagles ever make the Nippon Series, there won't be enough seats to match tickets sales other clubs can reach due to their larger stadiums.
In response to the NPB's request, the Eagles have said, through team rep Tomoharu Inoue, that "Each stadium has their owned capacities based on where they are located. There are other ways to fill ticket sales quotas without increasing the number of seats, like increasing the cost of tickets."