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The NPB after the big quake, Day 52 [May 2, 2011]

by on May.02, 2011 @ 5:59 pm, under NPB

I'll keep this updated throughout the day.


Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons announced that they'll invite about 50 elementary school kids (and their families), currently taking refuge in Nagoya, to a game on 5/22 (vs Rakuten at Nagoya Dome).  The kids will also be given presents from the players.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows will be adding a new item to their menu tomorrow: the Aoki Norichika Mo-dasho Sukiyaku lunch box.  And while a portion of the proceeds usually goes to Aoki, they will instead go towards relief efforts in northern Japan.

Stadium Updates

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is calling on everyone to reduce energy use by at least 15% during the upcoming summer months.  The following are the goals teams in the Kanto / Tohoku regions have for energy reduction.

Yomiuri Giants

Peak use is anywhere from 4,600 - 6,300 kW during the summer months.  The team is hoping to cut back 40-50%.  They'll do this with the use of generators: for night home games beginning on the 11th, the team will have two generators; by June they'll have a total 5 generators.  They also plan on using fewer lights.  So far, through testing, the club is expecting about a drop of 40% in energy use over the course of the season.

Yakult Swallows

Yakult's goal is to use 30% less energy during home games at Jingu Stadium.

Yokohama Bay Stars

There are currently no plans for a reduction in the amount of lights they'll be using out safety concerns, but they will do other things (like adjusting the opening / closing times for games) in order to hit their goal of 25% reduction.

Seibu Lions

The Lions announced their plans for conserving energy at Seibu Dome this season.  They include things like using only 33% of the light banks during day games and 66% during night games; and cutting back on energy use for their big screen (75% of normal use), lights in the bathrooms, and lights inside and outside of the stadium.  The Lions hope to save as much as 25% on electricity with these measures.

The team also ran earthquake drills today with about 150 staff members.

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines are hoping to reduce energy use by about 30%.  They'll do this by cutting back 20% on lighting.  They are also thinking about using 2 generators to help off-set some of the use (during the summer months).

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles are looking at about 15% reduction.