A committee representative in Fukushima held a press conference with the BC League on Tuesday to formally announce efforts to create a baseball team in the prefecture. The committee is already recognized as an associate member of the BC League. They are expected to gain approval to become full members during a BC League meeting later next month.
The committee is planning to establish a formal company in Fukushima in August with 100 million yen in capital. Committee Representative Tomiyuki Ogiya will take over as president. Team specifics, like name, logos, colors, and mascot character, will also be released in August. Work on finding sponsorship contracts, filling the coaching staff, conducting tryouts, and taking part in the player draft will begin in September.
The Fukushima team will not have one stadium to call home. They are planning to spread their home games across nine different ballparks in the prefecture. That could work out to about four games per stadium.
Saitama is also in the process of building a team for the BC League (the Musashi Heat Bears). The league could field up to eight teams next season.