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[1/21/2016] DeNA succeeds with tender offer for Yokohama Stadium

by on Jan.22, 2016 @ 3:10 am, under NPB
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The Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars announced on January 21 that they increased their shares in Yokohama Stadium Co. Ltd. from 400,000 (5.75 percent) to 5,350,000 (76.87%) through their tender offer. The 4,950,000 shares cost 7.425 billion yen. Yokohama Stadium Co. Ltd. will officially become a consolidated subsidiary of DeNA on January 28.

Source: official IR report (PDF), Daily Sports 1/21/2016, Sponichi 1/21/2016, Nikkan Sports 1/21/2016

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[11/22/2015] DeNA to start takeover bid for Yokohama Stadium Co., Ltd.

by on Nov.23, 2015 @ 12:37 am, under NPB
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DeNA has decided to acquire Yokohma Stadium Co., Ltd. in a takeover bid. They currently own 400,000 of the 6,960,000 outstanding shares in the company (5.74%). They will attempt to gain a majority of the shares with an offer of 1,500 per share between November 24, 2015 and January 20, 2016.

DeNA is hoping to accomplish three things by acquiring the stadium.

  1. They want to put down roots in Yokohama and show the city and fans they are serious about staying.
  2. They have big plans for their vision of creating a Community Ballpark and want to move fast (like changing the color of the orange seats to blue and converting the artificial turf to natural grass).
  3. They want to streamline operations (no more sharing of gate receipts and advertising revenue) and improve their chances at making a profit.

Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2015, Daily Sports 11/20/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/20/2015, Sponichi 11/21/2015, Sponichi 11/20/2015, Sanspo 11/21/2015, Sanspo 11/20/2015

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[10/15/2015] Yokohama Bay Stars planning to acquire Yokohama Stadium Co., Ltd.

by on Oct.15, 2015 @ 3:30 pm, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars are thinking about acquiring Yokohama Stadium Co., Ltd. and additional shares to improve operation efficiency and their bottom-line. The Bay Stars finished 1.3 billion yen in the red for period ending in March 2015. The acqusition could help lower operating costs and increase revenues from advertising, sales, and tickets.

The Bay Stars and Yokohama Stadium Co., Ltd. have already met and agreed to the plans. The organization could begin placing take-over bids on additional in November in attempt to acquire over half by January. It could cost the Bay Stars about ten billion yen.

Major Stockholders Shares (%)
TV Asahi Holdings 5.74
Yokohama Bay Stars 5.74
Tokyo Broadcasting Holdings 5.74
Fuji Media Holdings 5.74
Yokohama City 5.74
Bank of Yokohama 4.88
Obayashi Corporation 0.86
Kajima Corporation 0.86
Shimizu Corporation 0.86
Taisei Corporation 0.86
Takenaka Corporation 0.86

The Bay Stars are also thinking about making renovations at Yokohama Stadium. Improvements include converting the artificial turf to natural grass and increase seating capacity.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/14/2015, Yomiuri 10/14/2015, Daily Sports 10/14/2015, Sponichi 10/14/2015, Sanspo 10/15/2015, Sanspo 10/14/2015, Sanspo 10/14/2015, Lafla Inc; Sponichi 10/14/2015

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[8/26/2013] Increase in security at Yokohama Stadium after Bay Stars receive bomb threat

by on Aug.26, 2013 @ 3:58 pm, under NPB
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The media learned on Sunday that the Bay Stars received a bomb threat on Saturday.  In reaction to the threat, the organization increased security at the stadium -- the stands, parking lot, and various areas around the stadium -- for the Yomiuri Game on Sunday.  Plain-clothed officers were also dispatched.

The Bay Stars are planning to take similar precautions for the remaining fourteen games at Yokohama Stadium this year.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/26/2013

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Three new types of seats at Yokohama Stadium in 2013

by on Nov.26, 2012 @ 1:47 pm, under NPB
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As briefly mentioned yesterday, three new seats will be added to Yokohama Stadium over the winter for the 2013 season.  A press release with additional details was posted today.

Exciting Seats

One Seat - 125 seats on the first base and third base sides
Two Seats - 14 season (7 pairs) on the first and third base sides

* The seats will be at field level in foul territory, down toward the foul poles.

Twin/Triple Seats

Twin Seats - 244 seats (122 pairs) on the first and third base sides
Triple Seats - 12 seats (4 groups) on the first and third base sides

Box Seats

Three Seats - 6 seats (2 groups) on the first and third base sides
Four Seats - 32 seats (8 groups) on the first and third base sides
Five Seats - 130 seats (26 groups) on the first and third base sides

Source: official announcement, official announcement

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DeNA signs a seven-year deal with Yokohama Stadium

by on Mar.07, 2012 @ 3:35 pm, under NPB
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According to reports filed today (Nikkan Sports, Sponichi, Sanspo, Sports Hochi), DeNA signed a seven-year deal with Yokohama Stadium.  Some other details:

  • Stadium usage costs will drop from 25% to 13% of ticket revenue.
  • While 100% of revenue from current stadium ads will continue to go to the stadium owners, revenue from the new outfield fence ads will go to DeNA.
  • The stadium will no longer have to pay the team an assistance fee (few hundred million yen a year).
  • Some sort of of a team store will be set up in the park area outside of the stadium.
  • Parts of the stadium will be upgraded, like the scoreboard.
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Kimiyasu Kudo to decide his status within a week

by on Nov.28, 2011 @ 10:20 am, under NPB
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Kimiyasu Kudo attended a public radio recording in Yokohama on Sunday and said that he plans to decide within a week whether or not he will retire.  When asked about the possibility of becoming the Bay Stars' next manager, Kudo said, "As a former Yokohama player, I want to see them get stronger.  I have not received an offer, but if something does come along, I would like to make an announcement.  Encounters can be really important."

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Yokohama City spending about 170M to clean up park around Yokohama Stadium

by on Nov.15, 2011 @ 3:42 pm, under NPB
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Yokohama City is spending about about 170M yen to clean up the park area around Yokohama Stadium.  The project got underway earlier this month and should mostly be finished by late March.  Amongst the changes being worked on is converting the dirt areas near the outfield entrances over to grass.

Regarding Yokohama Stadium itself, it seems DeNA may have a better chance to restructuring a new deal with stadium owners as both sides have said only positives things: DeNA is quoted as saying, "5 minutes into meeting [Yokohama Stadium officials] and we knew things would be ok.  Yokohama will be much better next year," while Yokohama Stadium president Hiroshi Tsuruoka told reporters on Monday, "Unlike TBS, I feel like working with them."

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The NPB after the big quake, Day 56 [May 6, 2011]

by on May.06, 2011 @ 11:28 pm, under NPB
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I'll keep this updated throughout the day.

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Yokohama Bay Stars

14,610 were in attendance for the Bay Stars first night game at Yokohama Stadium this year.  At the start of the game, 55% of their lights were turned; that was bumped up to 75% from the 3rd inning; and in the bottom of the 5th, the umps requested all lighting to be turned on because it was getting increasingly difficult to see the ball.  UPDATE 5/7 @ 1:26pm - The Bay Stars used about 8,000 kWh for their game yesterday, down from their May 2010 average of about 12,000 kWh.

Rakuten Eagles

15,704 fans attended the Eagles' first night game at Kleenex Stadium this year.  Rakuten managed about a 15% reduction in energy usage.

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