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Tigers thinking about adding lights to Naruohama Stadium?

by on Dec.01, 2010 @ 4:50 pm, under NPB

The Hanshin Tigers are apparently thinking about adding some lights to Naruohama Stadium as part of their plan to improve their farm system (Ni-gun and Ikusei squads).  The addition of lights to the stadium will allow the Tigers to hold at least two practice sessions a day -- afternoon and evening -- and accommodate their slowly ballooning roster (they'll have 12 Ikusei players on the roster this winter, in addition to their Ni-gun squad).

The Tigers were also apparently considering either building a third stadium (which would not only cost a lot, but also take a lot more time for planning) or renting out stadium space (which wouldn't be permanent, could still run into scheduling problems, and could cost more over the long run), but adding lights to Naruohama Stadium would probably be their best option in terms of saving time and money.  If discussions for adding lights to the stadium go smoothly, construction could even begin during the current winter.