Sanspo is carrying an article that mentions Yuki Saito could have an economic impact of about 5.8B yen a year to the Hokkaido region.
The estimate, calculated by the Hokkaido Institute for the Future Advancement, assumes that Saito pitches an entire season and makes about 11 starts in a maxed out Sapporo Dome, which would translate to about 462,000 fans over those 11 games.
The group puts merchandising, food, transportation, and things like hotel expenses at around 3.4B yen a year. They tack on another 2.4B yen a year for things like supplies and shipping.
And this is assuming no other extra events scheduled outside of games.
The Fighters announced today that they will be holding a formal press conference for Saito on the 9th at Sapporo Dome. The stands will be opened up to fans for free.
Sanspo has posted comments from Saito's press conference today:
What are your thoughts now that you've signed?
I'm very happy they think so highly of me. I was surprised to see the numbers. I can't even read the number because of all the 0's.
How will your use your signing bonus?
I want to give something back to baseball for all the support they provided me over the years.
What are your thoughts on your number?
They gave me the number 18. It's the number the staff ace usually wears. I'll do my best to fit that number. It's one of the numbers I wanted to wear.
Has it finally sunk in?
It's still just a basic agreement. I don't think it'll really sink in until I put on the uniform, but I am beginning to feel things little by little.
What do you think you'll need to do in order to play a full season?
Conditioning is very important. I need to use the off-season to build up my body. I need to take care of my shoulder and elbow, and do plenty of running to strengthen my lower body.
Would you like to say something to the Hokkaido fans?
This is a connection that was born on draft day. I want to hurry up and wear the uniform and how everyone what I'm capable of. I hear people in Hokkaido are very pleasant. I want to work on fitting in as soon as possible.
Your thoughts on the Fighters deciding to open up your press conference to fans [at Sapporo Dome on the 9th]?
I'm worried if people will really come.