Japanese Professional Baseball (NPB) team the Hiroshima Toyo Carp has surprised baseball fans, and perhaps even their own fans as well, by announcing today (Thursday) that they will be introducing new ‘bathtub area’ seats at the Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima from the upcoming 2019 season.

The new seats, or bathtubs, literally, will be installed in the highest part of the right field stand above the “Nesobarea” where fans can lie down on cushions placed on stairs covered with artificial turf. Each bathtub is designed for a pair and will be available to book for JPY7000 (£49/€56/$63). Quite sensibly, however, no water will fill the bathtubs and fans will not have to worry about getting undressed in public.

The new seat type is unique in every sense of the word and, not surprisingly, will be the first case introduced by any sport team, let alone one of the most popular baseball teams in the Central League.

According to the Sponichi Annex news website, the Carp explained that fans can “relax like when you enjoy being in a bath” while watching an exciting baseball match.

The Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, officially known as Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium, was first opened in 2009 and has a capacity of 33,000. The venue is penciled in for the Carp’s season opener against Tokyo Yomiuri Giants on 29 March.

Images: HKT3012, Hiroshima Toyo Carp

News provided by The Stadium Hub