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Lawsuit to save Old Hiroshima Stadium dismissed

by on Mar.25, 2011 @ 1:26 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima district court dismissed a lawsuit to stop the demolition of Old Hiroshima Stadium today.

Work on tearing down the stadium began in November last year and is currently about 30-40% complete.  A group working to save the stadium claimed that Old Hiroshima Stadium was a symbol of the city's recovery from the atomic bomb and that tearing it down was a violation of the constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness (Section 13).  The city wanted the lawsuit thrown out since the decision to take down the stadium was made by the city council.

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Demolition of old Hiroshima Stadium begins

by on Dec.20, 2010 @ 2:25 pm, under NPB
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Three pieces of heavy machinery moved into a bare (seats completely removed) old Hiroshima Stadium today.  Workers were seen spraying the stadium down (to control the amount of dust that gets kicked up into the air during demolitions) as the machinery started tearing down the section on the first base side, near the foul pole (from the inside).

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Hiroshima Carp News and Notes: December 9, 2010

by on Dec.09, 2010 @ 2:43 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced the following uniform number changes on Wednesday: Naoki Nakahigashi from 35 to 00; Tsubasa Nakatani from 56 to 128; and Ken Nakamura from 69 to 122.

In other team related news:

Results from the online auction that was held to sell off Old Hiroshima Stadium memorabilia are available at Yahoo Auctions.  The top three items: a Yutaka Enatsu autographed seat (168,000 yen); a Sachio Kinugasa autographed seat (152,000 yen); and a dugout bench (111,111 yen).

Sanspo notes that 1,169 people registered for the auctions and that 417 of the 884 items were auctioned off for a total 5,271,965 yen.

A second auction is scheduled to begin on 1/13 next year.

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Old Hiroshima Stadium items to be auctioned off on 30th

by on Nov.07, 2010 @ 3:25 pm, under NPB
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The city of Hiroshima is placing a number of items from Old Hiroshima Stadium on the Yahoo Auction block.  Amongst the 884 items listed: seats (11 signed and 685 unsigned), benches, bases, and various signs.

You can already view the items at Yahoo Auction Japan, but the auction itself starts on 11/30 at 1pm and will remain open until 12/7 at 1pm.  Those interested will need to register for the auction by the 17th.

Hiroshima city's official website also offers more information about the auction (in Japanese).

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Farewell Old Hiroshima Stadium Festival

by on Oct.24, 2010 @ 10:41 pm, under NPB
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The city of Hiroshima held a Farewell Old Hiroshima Stadium Festival on Sunday.

A number of festivities were planned for the day, including auctions, tours, and opportunities to throw in the bullpen.

Hiroshima Carp players, Katsuhiro Nagakawa, Yoshikazu Kura, and Shigenobu Shima took part in a final pitch ceremony.

Some of the items that were auctioned off:

Dugout bench, first base side: 128,000 yen

Bullpen home plate: 81,000 yen

Baseball lamp fixtures used near the entrance of the stadium: 59,000 yen

Toilet signs: 39,000 yen

Note: additional items, like bases and stadium seats, will apparently be auctioned off online beginning on the 28th.

Hiroshima mayor Tadatoshi Akiba also took part in the festivities, but suffered a contusion on his right thigh after an angry fan threw a baseball at him during the final pitch ceremony.  According to the Hiroshima police, the person that threw the baseball was a 45-year-old unemployed man that was against the destruction of the stadium.

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Old Hiroshima Stadium commemorative items to go on sale

by on Oct.22, 2010 @ 4:10 am, under NPB
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The city of Hiroshima will begin selling 5 different kinds of items commemorating old Hiroshima Stadium, beginning on the 24th.

Grass in an acrylic case (3,000 yen)

Concrete made into a key chain (1,050 yen)

Dirt from the infield made into a key chain (260 yen)

Mobile phone strap made from the rubber in the fence padding (700 yen)

Mouse pad made from the rubber in the fence padding (780 yen)

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Citizens group pushes forward with plans to save Old Hiroshima Stadium

by on Oct.10, 2010 @ 4:25 am, under NPB
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The citizens group, working on saving old Hiroshima Stadium, filed a lawsuit against the city of Hiroshima on Friday to stop the destruction of the stadium.  According to the group's claim, old Hiroshima Stadium became a symbol of the revival of the city of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb and therefore needs to be protected under Article 13 of the Constitution of Japan.

The citizens group also withdrew the temporary motion they filed back in August.

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City rejects proposal for referendum on old Hiroshima Stadium

by on Sep.21, 2010 @ 2:04 am, under NPB
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On September 8th, a group against the demolition of old Hiroshima Stadium submitted a proposal asking the city to hold a referendum on the future of the stadium.  Their argument for the referendum was that it was the only way the city would ever know what its citizens were really thinking with regards to the destruction of the stadium.

To provide a little more info: the city feels that no more than 10% of its citizens are against the destruction of the stadium.  And it seems they got that number from a survey they conducted with regards to the rebuilding of the area.  Now here's the potential pitfall: the survey apparently never asked citizens about they're thoughts on the destruction of the stadium and every question was framed with the understanding that the stadium would be destroyed and the land would be used for other purposes.  And this is what the group is focusing on.

The city of Hiroshima issued a response on the 18th that said they were rejecting the proposal because the demolition of the stadium wasn't an issue that affected the well-being of its citizens and that it wasn't an important matter to the municipal government.  Actually, the response was a little more rigid and basically went along the lines of saying that the referendum didn't fulfill the requirements stated under article 2 of the Hiroshima Referendum Act.  And article 2 calls into question the overall importance of the potential referendum, with regards to the well-being of the citizens.

The group wasn't satisfied with the response from the city and is now planning other courses of action -- filing both a petition of objection and a lawsuit.

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Hiroshima citizens not giving up on old Hiroshima Stadium

by on Aug.23, 2010 @ 6:57 pm, under NPB
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It seems about 120 Hiroshima residents filed a temporary motion to stop the destruction of the old Hiroshima Stadium earlier today.  The residents apparently feel the stadium has become a symbol of Hiroshima revival after the atomic bomb and a part of their identity.  They also mentioned Article 13 of the Constitution of Japan as part of their argument (that is, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness).

If the temporary motion is discarded, the residents apparently plan on taking the case to the courts.

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