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[4/14/2015] Jingu Stadium to be rebuilt after 2020 Olympics

by on Apr.14, 2015 @ 8:02 am, under NPB
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The media learned on April 1 that Jingu Stadium and Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium will be rebuilt by 2025. Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium will be torn down and converted to a parking lot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The vacant lot will then become home to the new Jingu Stadium. The new stadium could be ready by 2023. A dome was considered, but plans were scrapped due to cost.

Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium could be rebuilt where Jingu Stadium (and/or Jingu 2 Stadium) currently stands. Rubgy games will be held at the National Stadium until the new facilities are ready.

Jingu Stadium opened in 1926. Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium opened in 1947.

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Source: Sponichi 4/2/2015, Sanspo 4/2/2015, Tokyo Shimbun 4/2/2015, Sports Hochi 4/2/2015, Nikkei 4/10/2015

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[10/29/2013] Jingu Stadium to undergo earthquake reinforcement construction

by on Oct.30, 2013 @ 5:51 am, under NPB
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Meiji Jingu Gaien announced that earthquake reinforcement construction at Jingu Stadium will begin in November.  The work will be finalized in March 2016, with construction taking place in stages during the off-season.  They also announced that the distance to right and left were found to be 97.5 meters instead of 101 meters.  There was no measurement error in the distance to center (120 meters).

Additional information can be found at the official announcement link below.

Source: official announcement via Sponichi 10/29/2013

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Tokyo Big 6 announces time changes for Waseda – Keio games on 29th, 30th

by on Oct.19, 2011 @ 6:36 pm, under College, NPB
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The Tokyo Big 6 announced today that the Waseda - Keio games scheduled on the 29th and 30th will start at noon, instead of the originally planned 13:00.  The change in time was made after the Yakult Swallows secured 2nd place in the Central League (they require the use of Jingu Stadium for the First Stage of the Climax Series).

The Swallows also made adjustments to their schedule by starting games 30 minutes later than normal (18:30 instead of 18:00).

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Waseda – Keio games could be played on same days Swallows play Climax Series

by on Oct.15, 2011 @ 12:33 pm, under College, NPB
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If the Yakult Swallows end up finishing the year in 2nd place, they First Stage of the Climax Series will take place between 10/29 and 10/31 at Jingu Stadium.  Waseda and Keio are also set to play games at Jingu Stadium on both the 29th and 30th.  If the Swallows do indeed finish in second place it'll be the first time (over a 109-year history) the Waseda - Keio games are played on days the Swallows also require use of the stadiums

On Friday, the Tokyo Big 6 Federation's Masayuki Naito (head of the secretariat) told reporters that the league currently had no plans to make any changes to the schedule, but also hinted that they were willing to cooperate if necessary.

As it stands now, the Waseda - Keio games are set to begin at 13:00 with the Swallows' Climax Series games set to begin at 18:30.  On Friday (10/14), the Tokyo Big 6 ran a simulation at Jingu Stadium to see if it was possible to maintain the current schedule.

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 110 [June 29, 2011]

by on Jun.29, 2011 @ 6:15 pm, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

The Swallows announced that they'll try to cut back on energy use by about 20-25% during games between 7/6 and 9/21 (32 night games in all).  They also plan to add another power generator that will produce enough electricity to power one of their banks of lights in the outfield; use more LED lights; and dim the scoreboard.

Softbank Hawks

Hiroki Kokubo (SOF) presented Motohiro Shima (RAK) with encouragement messages (not messages to the team, but to earthquake / tsunami survivors) that he collected during a charity event in Fukuoka on 3/26.  The messages were written by both players and fans that attended the event.

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77 staff members from the Hoshino Senichi Baseball Museum in Okayama met with Hoshino before tonight's game against the Softbank Hawks (at Kleenex Stadium) and presented him with 1.5M yen (to be donated to reconstruction efforts in northern Japan).  They also set up a temporary installation of Hoshino memorabilia.

UPDATE 6/30 @ 6:14am - It seems the 77 people were actually a mix of staff members from the museum and friends of Hoshino.  And for those wondering, it's no coincidence that it was 77 people (Hoshino wears the uniform number 77).

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Adachi High School (Fukushima) baseball players received encouragement letters from four former MLB players that included Ken Griffy Sr and Adrian Garrett.  The letters were collected by a former Adachi High School player, currently working in a Japanese restaurant in Ohio.  The letters were also photocopied and handed out at the Fukushima Tournament bracket selection meeting on 6/23.

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 72 [May 22, 2011]

by on May.22, 2011 @ 10:46 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

The Giants announced that the two generators at Tokyo Dome had to be turned on in order to help power the air conditioning units (to offset the warm outdoor temperatures) during today's game.  Total usage at Tokyo Dome during the game was ~3,390kW, about 26% less than at peak times (~4,600kW).

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows played their first night game of the season at Jingu Stadium today.  In order to help conserve energy, they had 22% of the 6 lights banks turned down (particularly those pointing to the outfield).  Ryoji Aikawa told reporters that he thought the light levels were fine while Norichika Aoki said the outfield felt a little dark.

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 54 [May 4, 2011]

by on May.04, 2011 @ 9:41 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Electricity usage at Tokyo Dome topped out at 2,767 kW today. That's about 40% less than the 4,600 kW hours used during peak times in May last year.  Yesterday's game came in at 2,970 kW (about a 35% reduction).

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows confirmed evening viewing conditions at Jingu Stadium today with the lights turned down about 22%.  The team is hoping for at least a 20% reduction in energy use during night games.  The Swallows' first night game of the season will take place on the 22nd (vs Softbank).

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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
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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.

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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.

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The lights at Jingu Stadium go on due to overcast skies

by on Apr.19, 2011 @ 11:03 pm, under NPB
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A portion of the lights at Jingu Stadium were turned on during today's game (top of the 8th, due to overcast skies) against between the Chunichi Dragons and Yakult Swallows.  The lights were immediately turned off after the game ended about 35 minutes later.

Yakult Swallows' managing director Junsei Atarashi told reporters that the lights had to be turned on in order to ensure the safety of the players and fans.  He also added that the club had already discussed the possibility of having to turn the lights on before the start of the game.

Hiromitsu Ochiai agreed that the lights were necessary and that he also thought the game could have been called.  Junji Ogawa said he felt bad for needing the lights.

UPDATE 4/20 @ 11:50am - About 1/3 of the lights were turned on -- of the 6 banks and 36 rows of lights, 4 banks and 12 rows of lights were turned on.  Turning all the lights would have required about 756 kWh.

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Scaling down energy usage at Jingu Stadium

by on Apr.14, 2011 @ 9:49 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows and Meiji Jingu Stadium announced that they will take measures to reduce energy usage by 36% during day games.  The following measures will be taken:

Scoreboard
Drop brightness about 30-50% (50-70% darker than usual).  Usage should drop about 40%.

Stadium Lighting
Remove extra light bulbs from indoor concourse, individual rooms, bathrooms, clubhouse areas (about 1,000 bulbs).

Stores
Turn off menu lights.  Turn down lighting as much as possible.

Air Conditioning
Completely turned off in all rooms.

Jingu Stadium normally uses about 3,000 kW of energy during one day game (6 hours).  By taking the measures above, they can drop that to about 1,920 kW (a reduction of about 36%).

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