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The NPB after the big quake, Day 111 [June 30, 2011]

by on Jun.30, 2011 @ 10:31 pm, under NPB
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I'll keep this updated throughout the day.

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Chunichi Dragons

Chunichi announced today that they'll try to cut back a little more on energy use at Nagoya Dome, beginning on 7/5 (vs Hanshin).  Amongst some of the things they'll be doing: opening up the shutters in the roof during visiting team practices (the Dragons have been doing this for their practices since earlier this month); and attempting to shutout the warm air from the outside by adding cloth screens to four entry gates.

Hiroshima Carp

Beginning on 7/1, the Carp plan on conserving energy by taking on a more flexible approach to their lighting system during night games; using fewer lights during night games; and  adjusting thermostats for air-conditioning units used by various staff and personnel.

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks announced today that they'll try to reduce energy consumption by about 5% during weekday night games at Yahoo Dome between 7/1 and 8/31.  They try to do this by using fewer ceiling lights (from 90 to 54), turning off some of the air conditioning systems (from 14 to 10), and turning off some of the lights in seat areas.  According to an unnamed club source, the team has already tested the configuration during practices at Yahoo Dome on 6/22 and 6/24.

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes announced today that beginning on 7/1, they'll use power generators at Kyocera Dome in order to cut back on energy use by about 10%.  They will also stop lighting Kyocera Dome up (outdoor lights).

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles announced that they'll be taking the following measures to cut back on energy use at Kleenex Stadium between 7/1 and 9/9:

- Turn off unnecessary lighting (60%)
- Dim the big screen in the outfield to 40% brightness
- Set thermostats to 28 degrees Celsius
- Turn off all air-conditioning systems in the stadium offices between 6pm and 8pm.

Doing all this should allow the Eagles to decrease energy consumption by around 15%.

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82nd Inter-City Tournament to begin on 10/22 at Kyocera Dome

by on May.19, 2011 @ 6:35 pm, under Industrial
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The Japan Amateur Baseball Association (JABA) held a special board of directors meeting today and decided that the 82nd Inter-City Tournament will take place between 10/22 and 11/1 at Kyocera Dome.  The scheduling for the tournament may change depending on whether or not the Buffaloes need to use the stadium.  And if the Buffaloes happen to finish the season in second place, the tournament will be split into two parts (10/22 - 10/27 and 11/2 - 11/6).

The bracket selection process for the tournament will take place in Tokyo on 9/22.

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Orix Buffaloes to consider using Hotto Motto Field for postseason play

by on Apr.06, 2011 @ 11:38 pm, under NPB
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Buffaloes' GM Yoshio Murayama told reporters today that the club is not only thinking about using Kyocera Dome for postseason play, but also Hotto Motto Field as well.  The reason for this is because the JABA (Japan Amateur Baseball Association) is hoping to use Kyocera Dome in November for the Inter-City Tournament.

With the delay in the season, all 12 NPB teams need to make sure they have stadiums they can use, should they advance to the postseason.

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JABA wants to play Inter-City Tournament at Kyocera Dome in November

by on Apr.01, 2011 @ 10:02 pm, under Industrial, NPB
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The Japan Amateur Baseball Association (JABA) informed the NPB today that they were hoping to play the Inter-City Tournament at Kyocera Dome in November this year.  On paper, the JABA is simply hoping to replace the Industrial League Championships (which have been canceled) with the Inter-City Tournament, but since the NPB had to delay the start of their season, there's a chance the Buffaloes will need the dome in November.

The JABA is holding out on hope that they'll be able to use the dome.

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Kyocera Dome Osaka naming rights contract extended through to March 2014

by on Jan.11, 2011 @ 10:00 pm, under NPB
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Kyocera and Osaka City Dome announced today that they their naming rights contract for Kyocera Dome Osaka was extended another 3 years.  Kyocera signed a 3-year naming rights deal with Osaka City Dome back on July 2006 and the contract was set to expire in March.

In other Orix and stadium related news:

Kobe city announced that today that they are looking for a new sponsor to purchase the naming rights to Kobe Sogo Sports Park Stadium (formerly Skymark Stadium).  The city is looking for a deal that is at least 4 years long and worth over 300M yen a year.  They will also require that the word Kobe be included in the final name.  The city will be accepting offers between 1/14 and 1/24; the new name would then go into effect on 2/14.

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