Tag: Sapporo Dome
[12/2/2013] Sapporo planning to sell naming rights for Sapporo Dome to help pay for renovation project
Sapporo City is planning to sell naming rights for Sapporo Dome to help pay for a ten-year renovation project. The city attempted to sell naming rights to the dome twice in 2011, but failed (they were looking for a five-year deal worth 2.5 billion yen). This time around, they plan to involve the Nippon Ham Fighters and stadium officials with hopes of casting a wide net. Depending on how discussions go, an announcement could be made as early as January
Renovations to the dome are slated to begin after the 2014 season. Costs are expected to fall somewhere between nine and ten billion yen.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/2/2013
Sponichi reports that a bomb threat for Sapporo Dome was found at 2-chan (a popular Japanese bulletin board) at around 1:30pm today. The City of Sapporo contacted the authorities and Hokkaido Police and the Nippon Ham Fighters' organization did a sweep of stadium. Nothing suspicious was found.
According to the police and the Nippon Ham Fighters, the 2-chan messages included sentences like "I will blow up Sapporo Dome!" and "Cancel tomorrow's games!"
The Final Stage of the Climax Series is set to begin on Wednesday. About 350 people (players, press, team staff) were at Sapporo Dome today; practices were held as usual.
A similar bomb threat was made for Seibu Dome just before the start of the First Stage of the Climax Series.
Source: Sponichi 10/16/2012
UPDATE 10/18 @ 9:48am - Hokkaido Police and the Nippon Ham Fighters' organization did a sweep of Sapporo Dome on Wednesday morning and found no suspicious items. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2012
Seibu announced today that they will be updating the Ball, Strike, Out count on the scoreboard at Seibu Dome to reflect the new rules (from Strikes-Balls-Outs to Ball-Strikes-Outs). The Nippon Ham Fighters are also making the upgrade at Sapporo Dome as well.
The city of Sapporo decided to re-open the bidding for naming rights to Sapporo Dome. The city will be accepting new offers between 2/7 and 2/28. Regarding the bid(s) the city received in January, Sapporo said that there weren't any that filled all their requirements.
According to Sponichi, Sapporo received just one offer for naming rights to Sapporo Dome (Friday was the cutoff date for offer submissions). Sapporo will now do a little research into the company that submitted the offer to see if they are a viable option and will make a decision by mid-February.
Nikkan Sports is carrying a different report that points to Nitori as being the winners to the naming rights to Sapporo Dome. And according to their report, the city of Sapporo said they could not disclose the number of offers they received.
The city of Sapporo formally announced yesterday that they are looking for companies to bid on naming rights for Sapporo Dome.
Requirements for prospective bids: must be worth 500M yen or more per year; contract must be for 5 or more years; and Sapporo Dome needs to be in the name. Companies that submit bids do not need to be located in Hokkaido.
Sapporo will accept bids between 1/11/2011 and 1/28/2011 and will select the winning bid in February. A contract will be signed during March and the new name will go into effect beginning on 4/1.
The city was prepared for a no bid situation due to the poor economy, but after Yuki Saito (1st round) was drafted by the Nippon Ham Fighters, they're apparently feeling much better about their chances of finding an interested company.