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Old Hiroshima Stadium – unfit to save?

by on Jun.21, 2010 @ 8:52 pm, under NPB

A citizen's group pushing to save old Hiroshima Stadium submitted a list of about 50 questions to the city of Hiroshima on the 16th.  The citizen's group received their answers earlier today.

I haven't really had time to look through the answers, but the media did pick up on two of the more important ones (these are not exact translations, I'm paraphrasing):

How much will it cost to maintain the new park planned for the site?

About 16M a year.

We have often heard that the stadium is starting to fall apart.  Just how bad are things?

There are a large number of cracks and there is a problem of rain leaking through the ceilings.  Some of the rebars are also showing through in various sections.  There are also other issues like the stadium not being very friendly to people with disabilities and the general drainage system being very old.

A rep for the citizen's group, Kenji Nagai, told reporters, "The last thing I want is for the city to tear down the stadium and then realize that they shouldn't have after the fact.  That's why I'd like some extra time so that the people of the Hiroshima can make the right decision."

According to the Sponichi article, it appears there's a good chance that the demolition for the old stadium will be approved during the next city council meeting on the 22nd.  A city rep told reporters, "We will continue to work on trying to get the people of Hiroshima to understand our reasons [for taking down the old stadium]."